Postal worker charged with assault, harassment while delivering mail in Arapahoe County

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. - A postal worker was charged with assault Wednesday after a fight while delivering mail to an apartment complex in Arapahoe County.

According to Daphney Bly, a resident at Sienna at Cherry Creek Apartments, she was assaulted while trying to retrieve her mail. 

Bly was expecting some medication for her Ehlers Danlos Syndrome to arrive. When she checked her box, a postal worker, Tora Wright, was there filling the slots. Bly said Wright told her it would take 30 minutes. Bly says she left and came back, Wright was still there.

"As I was walking past her, she had the panel open," said Bly. "I saw that it looked like I had a USPS flat-rate envelope."

Bly said she told Wright that she saw the package. Bly reached for it. That's when things escalated.

"I reached for my package," Bly said. "She cursed at me and asked me to get back. So, I did. I stepped back."

The argument wasn't over. Bly tried to record the interaction but said Wright grabbed her phone.

Bly called 911. A nearby property manager, who asked to remain anonymous, witnessed the fight.

"I was looking over at the post office and I heard this yelling and screaming," the manager said. "When I looked over I saw this postal worker grabbing her by the neck."

When deputies arrived, Wright was charged with criminal mischief, harassment and third-degree assault. All three of the charges are misdemeanors.

The post office released this statement:

The Postal Service takes these allegations very seriously and we are cooperating with local authorities while conducting our own investigation. It is important for the public we serve to know the overwhelming majority of Postal Service employees are honest, hardworking and trustworthy individuals who take great pride in delivering a positive experience for every customer, every time.

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