Attempted robbery of postal worker alleged in KC

Richard H. Monk
Richard H. Monk

Federal prosecutors have accused a 25-year-old man of trying to rob a letter carrier in Kansas City.

Richard H. Monk is charged with trying to rob the U.S. Postal Service worker Wednesday afternoon in the 500 block of Gillis Street.

The letter carrier was leaning into her marked mail van when Monk walked up and said hi, according to a court document.

He allegedly grabbed her shoulder and said, “I’m going to need you to shut the door, give me your keys and your cellphone.”

When she asked “What?” he repeated the demand, according to court documents.

A man passing by intervened, and moments later a Kansas City police officer arrived.

The officer had just spoken to Monk a few minutes earlier while investigating a report of a prowler in the area. The officer had driven in the direction Monk was walking when he saw the letter carrier waving at him.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc