An Ocala man was arrested after allegedly robbing a postal worker of a package at gunpoint.
After a thorough investigation, Marion County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives determined that 24-year-old Jevauno Teejay Collins of Silver Springs robbed a United States Postal Service worker of a package at gunpoint on Saturday, Aug. 19, according to a media release. Collins fled from a vehicle on Olive Circle Loop and an MCSO K-9 Deputy deployed a K-9, who located Collins hiding under a shed in a backyard in the area. The K-9 successfully apprehended Collins and he was taken into custody.
On Aug.19, a USPS mail woman was attempting to deliver a package to a residence located at 11 Spring Way, but there was no answer at the door, so she left the house and continued on her route, the media release stated. While delivering mail to another house, a red car drove in front of her and partially blocked her path. A black male suspect, later identified as Collins, exited the vehicle and politely asked her for the package. However, Collins could no provide her with any identification showing he was the person the package was addressed to. Collins then offered the victim $500 for the package, which she declined, and she continued to ask him to provide identification for the package. As the USPS worker attempted to drive away, Collins pointed a gun at the victim, stating, “You really need to give me that package, if you put your foot on the gas, I’m gonna shoot you.” Being in fear for her life, the USPS worker gave the package to Collins. No one was injured during the incident and the victim immediately called law enforcement. Detectives were told by USPS that a Jevauno Collins had recently received mail at the same address the package was supposed to be delivered to. Collins also matched the physical description of the suspect that the victim gave eon the day of the incident, and detectives discovered his listed place of residence is 11 Spring Lane Way.
Collins was identified and charged with robbery with a firearm and resisting a law enforcement officer without violence. He remains at the Marion County Jail on $51,000 bond. The contents of the package in question have not yet been identified.