If he was vying to prove that postal workers are well-adjusted, mellow human beings, a mailman in Commerce was utterly unsuccessful. Allegedly.
Cops say 55-year-old Daniel Villasenor choked an 11-year-old girl
outside near a park restroom building after she giggled when he accidentally went into the women's bathroom.
According to a sheriff's statement sent to the Weekly, the girl's claim ...
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... was backed up by witnesses. The L.A. County Sheriff's Department says:
Several witnesses saw the postal worker get angry and choke the young girl.
It was reported at 6:20 p.m. Monday at Bristow Park in Commerce (see map above).
Deputies say they tracked down Villasenor nearby and arrested him on suspicion of "felony willful cruelty to a child." Maybe he was just horsing around?
The postal employee was booked in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Sheriff's inmate data indicates that he's due in East Los Angeles Municipal Court this morning.
At 9 a.m. sheriff's officials will speak more about the case during a press conference.
[Update at 12:26 p.m. Wednesday]: The District Attorney's office today announced that Villasenor has been charged with suspicion of cruelty to a child and assault on park property.
The office added details to the narrative, stating that the suspect was taunted by two children at the park and that ...
... He allegedly chased the girl, who ran into the women's restroom, and began choking her inside a supply room adjacent to the restroom before two city workers told him to stop.
Villasenor was due to be arraigned at 2 p.m., prosecutors say. They're asking for $15,000 bail.
[Update at 3:08 p.m.]: In a statement sent the Weekly, the U.S. Postal Service says Villasenor "has been placed in an emergency non-duty status pending investigation."
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The service has launched its own investigation into the incident, it says.
Villasenor has been with the USPS since 1981.
[Added at 5:10 p.m.]: Villasenor pleaded not guilty to all charges today, according to City News Service. He was due back in court March 5.