Feb 10, 2016
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Windows at the U.S. Post Office branch in the Iron Triangle were smashed up early Tuesday when a man who was apparently suffering from a mental health issue broke into the facility, police said.

The incident occurred at 1:40 a.m., when police responded to a call about the burglary at the Post Office on Nevin Avenue near Harbour Way, Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.

One of the calls police received about the incident was from the suspect himself, who called from inside the post office to holler that his life was in danger before hanging up, Tan said.

When officers arrived, they found the front glass doors shattered and the suspect was seen breaking more windows with a large stick. He also sprayed the interior with a fire extinguisher. Afterward, he managed to escape the Post Office into the nearby federal building, Tan said.

“As the suspect ran, he kept yelling that the FBI was out to harm him and he needed help,” Tan said.

Officers set up a perimeter around the area and managed to take him into custody. He was then transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.

“The department is happy to report that nobody was injured during this volatile incident,” Tan said. “Even though the suspect broke in and vandalized property, officers on scene looked at the ‘bigger picture’ and recognized the suspect’s mental health condition, and provided him with the help he needed.”


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.