Opelousas man admits to role in robbery of postal worker in Lawtell

An Opelousas man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday for his part in the August 2011 robbery of a post office in Lawtell.

Jamal Reynolds, 33, admitted to being the driver who dropped off two others who robbed a contract postal driver as the carrier had backed his truck into the loading dock at the Lawtell post office, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said in news release.

“One of the individuals grabbed the driver from behind by the neck and wrestled him to his knees,” she said.

The robbers demanded money but there was none, “just the mail,” the driver told his attackers, according to the release.

Witnesses told police they saw a white van that dropped off two men at the post office and there was a video surveillance camera at a nearby business that recorded what witnesses described, the news release said.

At the plea hearing Tuesday, Reynolds admitted using his mother’s white van to drive the assailants to the post office.

Sentencing for Reynolds is scheduled for Feb. 14. He faces up to 25 years in prison, five years supervised release and a $250,000 fine for aggravated robbery, Finley said.