HOUSTON (KIAH) — He had a 4-year-old daughter, and he was on his normal route delivering mail Saturday afternoon when an SUV slammed into his vehicle and then drove away.
The impact flipped the mail truck on its side and sent 29 year old Robert Jones into a ditch where he was pinned and later died.
“The USPIS is deeply saddened by the loss of life involving an Oak Forest Post Office Letter Carrier,” said Postal Inspector Silvia Torres of the United States Postal Inspection Service. “Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with his family, friends, and colleagues.”
On Tuesday, Houston Police arrested 43 year old Jesus Natividad Gutierrez and charged him with failure to stop and render aid in the 179th State District Court, and filing a false police report in Harris County Criminal Court #5 in connection to the deadly hit-and-run wreck.
Prior to Gutierrez’s arrest, the Postal Service declined to issue a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction, even though such a reward program does exist within the USPS.
“Postal Inspectors are working closely with the Houston Police Department on this investigation,” Torres said. “At this time, the USPIS has not issued a reward poster for this investigation.”
Information that leads to the arrest and conviction of someone who harms or kills a postal service employee can earn the informant up to $100,000 depending on the crime according to a poster on the Postal Service’s website.