ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It was a scary situation. Investigators said a local U.S. Post Office mail carrier was shot at while on the job.
The accused shooter told investigators he only wanted to scare the mailman. According to federal court documents, the suspect claims the mail carrier was giving him a bad look, and he admitted to shooting at the mailman.
Two people are in federal custody for what investigators said happened to a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier last week in southeast Albuquerque.
“It’s hard to believe, it really is,” said Armando Alvarez, Albuquerque resident.
According to a criminal complaint, a local mailman stopped at the San Pedro Smoke Shop last week to deliver mail, when a man in a white BMW told him, “Don’t get shot while you’re working.”
The mailman called 911 and followed the suspect’s car a short distance.
When the BMW stopped, investigators said the suspect got out and started shooting at the mailman’s work truck while he was on the phone with 911.
“There’s absolutely no reason for that,” said Tim Reynolds, who grew up in Albuquerque.
The mailman took off and wasn’t injured. But investigators said the mail truck’s driver side window was shattered. There were bullet holes in the driver’s door and steering column.
“It’s a shame,” said Reynolds. “I think it’s a general deterioration of morals here and elsewhere in America, nothing seems to be right and wrong anymore.”
Since the alleged victim is a government worker, this case is now being handled on the federal level, but no one from the local U.S. Attorney’s Office would go on camera.
Investigators tracked the suspect through the BMW’s license plate. Isaiah Alexander, 19, was arrested for the shooting. His girlfriend and driver at the time, 20-year-old Montana Harper was also arrested, charged with aiding and abetting.
Alexander told officers the mailman had been “mugging him.”
“Because of a bad look? I mean c’mon,” said Alvarez. “It’s unacceptable.”
According to the criminal complaint, Alexander said he saw the mailman on the phone and stated “he was not trying to kill the victim, but that he wanted to scare the victim off.”
Local residents can’t believe someone would shoot at a mailman. “They’re doing you a service and should be appreciated,” said Alvarez.
Investigators said they found the gun used in the shooting in Harper’s purse. She told officers she knew her boyfriend had a gun at the time.
Postal workers weren’t allowed to talk on camera.
The boyfriend and girlfriend are currently booked as U.S. Marshals’ prisoners. The agency would not release the couple’s mug shots.