OCONEE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – An Upstate community is shaken after a report of a postal worker being assaulted.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is sharing a flyer with a sketch and suspected vehicle.
This is in the Long Creek area of Oconee County.
“Tranquil – this is the place you come to heal mentally and physically.” That’s how Carlos Harris said he’d describe the community he’s visited on and off for 20 years, and why he didn’t expect to hear a postal worker reported being assaulted a stone’s throw from where we met him.
“I’m frightened actually,” said Harris. “”I couldn’t imagine anyone being hurt especially a mail lady in the course of her duties.”
Across the same intersection of Spider Valley and Academy Roads, Amy Boulton has a flyer of the sketch and suspected vehicle posted inside their Wildwater office.
“It was very scary, very upsetting,” she said. “Things like that don’t typically happen up here. We’re a really tight knit community.”
A report from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office says this happened around 11:30 a.m. on April 10th.
The postal worker said while on Spider Valley at the Academy Road intersection, a man got out of a red pick up truck, went to her vehicle and asked for directions to the Bull Sluice boat ramp.
Once she told him the directions, she says he pulled her out of her vehicle and onto the ground before trying to take her clothes off.
The postal worker told deputies the suspect called her by her first name and said quote “b**** no one else would have her.’
“She says out of nowhere a passerby stopped by, grabbed the suspect off her and then told the postal worker to leave the area,” said Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Jimmy Watt.
The sheriff’s office says deputies canvassed the area talking to neighbors and looking for the vehicle. They even checked the Bull Sluice boat ramp but didn’t find the suspect or the vehicle
“It’s shocking that anybody gets assaulted when they’re trying to do their job,” said Boulton. “It has definitely heightened our senses.”
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’ 7”, medium build, full beard, and wearing a dark colored ball cap. The vehicle was a red pickup truck, possibly a Ford Ranger or similar vehicle.
Anyone with info can contact the USPIS at 1-877-876-2455.