Federal Grand Jury Indicts Two Men in Postal Carrier Robbery Case
A federal grand jury in Austin has returned an indictment charging two men with crimes related to the robberies of postal carriers. According to court documents, Camren Hamilton, 22, of Saint Louis, Missouri, and Jonathan Rangel, 26, of Austin, are alleged to have robbed two postal carriers in Round Rock on September 30. Additionally, the affidavit filed in a complaint alleges that Rangel also assaulted multiple letter carriers with the intent to rob them in Georgetown and Austin in the days prior.
In each incident, the assailants demanded that the carriers give them their Arrow Key, which enables access to mail receptacles on their route.
Camren Hamilton is facing charges that include two counts of robbery of mail matter, money, or other property of the United States and two counts of receipt, possession, concealment, and disposal of stolen mail matter and property of the United States. Jonathan Rangel is charged with four counts of robbery of mail matter, money, or other property of the United States and two counts of receipt, possession, concealment, and disposal of stolen mail matter and property of the United States.
The defendants made their initial court appearances on October 2 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dustin M. Howell of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. If convicted, they each face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count. The final sentence will be determined by a federal district court judge after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Jaime Esparza of the Western District of Texas and Inspector in Charge Scott Fix of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) Houston Division. The USPIS is actively investigating the case.