Bomb squad called after robbery turns into bomb scare

DENVER – The bomb squad was called to an East Denver neighborhood Monday afternoon after two men who robbed a postman at knife-point said they had planted a bomb in a nearby mail box.

A $50,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the suspects in this case.

FOX31 Denver obtained exclusive video showing the brazen and unusual robbery.

The video shows the postman parked in his truck near 23rd and Oneida. Slowly two men pass in-front of it and then one of them moves quickly and gets inside the truck.

A short time later people see the postman running.

“He looked nervous like there was something wrong. He said they robbed him at knifepoint,” said Kahlie Lynn. She was one of those evacuated as police swarmed, closing off streets with crime scene tape. 

“After that, all of a sudden the bomb squad comes and they start suiting up. They told us to evacuate,” said Lindsey Hersh.

Police cleared out business after business after witnesses say the two men told the postal worker they left a bomb in a nearby mailbox.

The postal inspector says the crime is both rare and serious. “We don’t deal with this that often because it can be a very traumatic experience for an individual that is robbed,” said Pamela Durkee.

Investigators say the postman was shaken as they escorted him from the crime scene to be interviewed. 

A short time later they towed his truck. Investigators say it’s too soon to tell what holiday loot may be missing from inside of it.

Authorities did not release information about the suspects.