Mailman Murdered Over Mail Box Key: Feds

Men killed mailman to steal mailbox key to apartment complex

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    Two men are in custody in the shooting of postal worker Bruce Parton, who was gunned down in broad daylight last December.

    A South Florida mailman was killed on e his route by men who wanted access to his mailbox key, a federal indictment said.

    Bruce Parton was killed in North Miami apartment complex parking lot in December while on the job. 

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    "I haven't been able to get my mind around that at all," said Nina Parton. "He was so friendly and always had a smile for everyone."

    Authorities finally caught up with who they think are responsible for the crime, U.S. Postal Service officials announced Thursday.

    Saubnet Politasse, 23, and Pikerson Mentor, 29, were arrested Wednesday in Miami and appeared before a federal judge to hear the allegations against them.

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    "I haven't been able to get my mind around that at all," said Nina Parton. "He was so friendly and always had a smile for everyone."

    They were both ordered held without bond.

    The U.S.Postal Service Inspector's Office said Mentor and Politasse shot 60-year-old Parton twice, killing him as part of a mail fraud scheme.

    On Dec. 6, Parton was delivering mail at the Monte Carlo Apartment Complex located at 496 Northwest 165th Street in North Miami-Dade when he was shot in the parking lot. His mail truck was stolen before a man jumped out a short distance later, and fled on foot, witnesses told police.

    Politasse and Mentor allegedly killed Parton to get his mailbox key so they could commit mail fraud, a federal indictment stated.

    Both Mentor and Politasse have an extensive and violent criminal history, with multiple offenses for armed robbery and grand theft, police said.

    It wasn't immediately known if they had attorneys.