A former Las Vegas police officer is facing federal charges as surveillance video shows him knocking out a postal worker. Retired Las Vegas Police officer Robert Gutierrez told police he punched a postal worker and officers told Gutierrez they didn’t think him punching a federal employee would be an issue.
The surveillance video showed Gutierrez walk up to the mail carrier while he was standing near a U.S. Postal Service vehicle parked along a curb in the 500 block of Sun Drive. When the carrier stepped onto the sidewalk, Gutierrez appeared to punch the man in the face, according to the complaint.
The carrier walked around the back of the vehicle, away from Gutierrez, and Gutierrez followed him. In the road, the two men bumped into each other and extended their arms “as if they were puffing out their chests,” according to the complaint. The mail carrier walked back to the truck, and Gutierrez followed, again punching the man in the face. The punch caused the carrier to fall and hit the front of the postal vehicle.
The two men again entered the middle of the road and Gutierrez punched the carrier a third time, causing the man to fall to the ground. The carrier appeared to lose consciousness for several seconds. Gutierrez rolled the man over, and then walked toward his home.
Following an investigation by LVPD and federal law enforcement officers with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, investigators viewed surveillance video that captured a portion of the incident and determined Gutierrez violated federal law by striking the mail carrier, a federal employee.
Gutierrez was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshal’s Service on Dec. 6, according to court records.
Both the postal worker and Guterirrez told officers they’d been arguing for a couple of weeks over politics, Guterirrez is pro-Trump and the postal worker is pro-Biden. In a federal complaint, the postal worker told investigators he left a notice in Gutierrez’s mailbox informing him he can pick up his parcel at the post office in order to avoid another conflict. USPS says the postal worker, not even trying to deliver the package, is against policy.
During a detention hearing Dec. 8, Judge Kirtan Khalsa released Gutierrez ahead of trial with the stipulations that he not travel outside of New Mexico, and that he undergo a mental health assessment or mental health treatment if directed by pretrial services. Gutierrez is also prohibited from possessing a firearm or drinking alcohol.
A trial date had not been set as of this writing.
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