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In a string of armed robberies that took place over two days in the D.C. metro area, six mail carriers had property stolen from them.

In a statement, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service said the suspects — described by officials as two young, Black males wearing ski masks, one armed with a handgun — stole property from six mail carriers.

During the robberies, the agency says the suspects held mail carriers at gunpoint and twice assaulted post office workers, who both sustained minor injuries.

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The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is launching an investigation into the violent robberies.

“It is a sad state of things when it comes down to robberies against someone that provides an essential service to our communities. But it’s happening here, and it’s got to end,” Michael Martel, a public information officer for the Postal Inspection Service, said during a press conference.

Although the suspects have not stolen any mail, they have stolen personal and “postal service” property from mail carriers, Martel said.

The first robbery occurred around 1 p.m. Thursday, in Takoma Park, Maryland, where the post office worker was assaulted. Shortly after, another mail carrier was robbed while on their route in D.C. around the 5900 Block of 8th Street NE.

The next day, July 1, a third mail carrier was robbed in Wheaton, Maryland at 10:30 a.m. Less than 20 minutes later, another letter carrier was robbed in nearby Beltsville.

USPIS says another incident occurred in the 2000 block of Florida Avenue NW. A post office worker was delivering his route when he was approached by one of the suspects. The suspect then demanded property, struck the mail carrier in the chin and snatched the property before fleeing in a black sedan, Martel, the Postal Inspection Service official, said.

The final robbery on July 1 reported by the Postal Inspection Service was in Columbia, Maryland, at around 1:30 p.m.

Anyone who has more information about these robberies can reach out to U.S. postal inspectors at 1-877-876-2455. The Postal Inspection Service statement said anyone who relays information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the suspects will be rewarded with up to $50,000.

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I Felt Very Strong: Trump Mockingly Reenacts Story of Choking Secret Service Agent on January 6 For Highly Amused CPAC Crowd

In his speech at CPAC Texas on Saturday, ex-president Donald Trump mocked the story that Cassidy Hutchison, former aide to then chief of staff Mark Meadows, related to the House Select Committee in her testimony regarding the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.

Hutchison testified that she was told by mer Trump official Tony Ornato that Trump “lunged” at Secret Service agent Robert “Bobby” Engel in a fit of rage over not being driven to the Capitol building during the riot. The testimony has been the subject of extensive media coverage, and the impetus for possible witness intimidation on the part of the ex-president.

Trump made light of the entire thing in his remarks at CPAC on Saturday, and despite the extensive coverage of the allegation and fallout over the weeks since the hearing, he claimed that “they” don’t want to talk about it.

“You know what else they don’t want to talk about?” said Trump. “How about that phony story. I’m sitting in the back of The Beast.”

The crowd laughed, and Trump said, “I wasn’t sure if I should be honored. Because I felt very strong.”

He then retold the story in his own words, complete with partial reenactment, joking about being flattered at the idea he could take on two “very strong” Secret Service agents.

And I had these two big, strong Secret Service guys, the one guy could lift 350 lbs, no problem. And I said, take me to the Capitol. ‘No sir, can’t do it.’

So I grabbed the steering wheel, to commandeer the thing. And he rebuffed me, she said. He rebuffed. Interesting way– he rebuffed me, yeah like this. He rebuffed me.

So my hands fell around another powerful guy. Strong as hell. I know these people, these are very strong people. It’s just not my deal. And I started to choke him. I felt, you know. So when the story came out, some people said, ‘I never knew you were that strong physically.’

And then, as they said, I started throwing food all over the White House. Now I have too much respect for the White House, but that somebody could sort of believe, you know, that you could.

But to think that I’m going to be jumping into the seat, grabbing a wheel, being rebuffed. grabbing this big powerful guy, his neck is like this, and grabbed me I’m going to take him.

Oh boy, oh, boy, oh, boy. What we have to put– and guess what? The Secret Service put out an announce–which they never do, put out an announcement that it never happened, which everyone knew anyway. But they won’t interview anybody from the Secret Service because they don’t want to hear that. And I still see the Times writing about it like it’s something that happened.

The bit about throwing food is a reference to other testimony from Hutchison alleging that Trump threw food at the wall in a fit of rage about the election.

Watch the clip above, via C-SPAN.

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