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UPDATE: $50,000 Reward Offered in Champion Post Office Robbery, Assault Case

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Courtesy: The Imperial Republican Courtesy: The Imperial Republican

Investigators are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the man who they say attempted to rob the Champion Post Office, and assaulted an employee last week.

Police say a knife-wielding man attempted to rob the post office in the small town of Champion -- about six miles southwest of Imperial -- shortly after 11 a.m. last Monday.

The case has been handed over to the U.S. Postal Inspectors, but so far, they have no suspects and no person of interest. They say they're hoping someone will step forward with information that could lead to an arrest.

"We're looking for people who might have heard something or someone talking about it," Omaha U.S. Postal Inspector David Margritz said.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service has posted signs around the small town offering a reward to whoever helps them nab the suspect.

"We have a reward of up to $50,000 for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the attempted robbery and assault of the postal employee."

Chase County Sheriff Kevin Mueller says they received a 911 call around 11:20 a.m. from an employee at the post office, who said that a man jumped the counter and grabbed her, demanding money from the safe.

The suspect allegedly assaulted the employee, but she was able to escape and lock herself in the bathroom, before the suspect fled on foot. Police arrived on scene at 11:26 a.m. and found the employee -- whose name hasn't been released -- still hiding in the bathroom.

Margritz says the postal employee injured in the incident is doing fine after being treated and released from the Chase County Hospital with minor injuries to her neck.

Investigators are looking for a Hispanic man in his mid 30s, approximately 5'5", with a mustache.

If you have any information about the case, call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455, and select option 2.




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