A North Bergen man was arrested today on charges that he attacked a postal worker, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpentino announced.
Eduardo Perez, a 34-year-old North Bergen resident, was charged by complaint with one count of assaulting a federal worker. He is scheduled to appear in Newark federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor.
According to allegations made in court, Perez allegedly parked his white pickup truck in an employees-only space in the parking lot of the USPS Woodcliff Station Post Office in North Bergen. When Perez returned to his vehicle after the office’s closing time, he found that a postal vehicle was blocking the entrance to the parking lot, which is a common practice for the station at closing time.
Although the exit from the lot remained unobstructed, Perez allegedly became irate and aggressive toward postal employees in the lot, allegedly demanding that the postal vehicle be removed from the entrance so that he could exit that way.
Perez eventually removed his truck from the lot through the exit, and allegedly came close to striking a postal employee in the process. He returned only moments later and allegedly accosted a postal worker who was unloading parcels from his vehicle.
Perez allegedly swung his fist repeatedly toward the victim, striking the victim’s face and causing him to fall backward into his postal vehicle, and then to the ground, which knocked him unconscious. Perez allegedly fled the scene. The victim was hospitalized for severe injuries to his face and head shortly after the incident.
The charge of assaulting a federal worker carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The government is being represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah A. Sulkowski, of the Public Protection Unit in Newark.
The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty