Two Providence men admit to assaulting postal worker
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Cunha said a Providence man admitted that he assaulted a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier because of a near collision.
Branley Ferreras-Severino pled guilty to a charge of assault of a federal employee after he admitted to repeatedly punching a postal worker when the worker returned to their truck after delivering packages to a nearby house.
The 22-year-old allegedly said to the carrier, “You think it’s funny? You almost hit me. You wanna get popped?”
Cunha said that the mail worker believed that Ferreras-Severino meant he wanted to shoot him.
Cunha added that the defendant also admitted that the passenger in his car, Ismael Colon-Pena, joined him in the assault.
The postal worker was able to flee from the attack, dial 911, and give the license plate number of the car his two assailants were driving in.
U.S. Postal Service Inspectors also obtained security videos from a nearby residence that showed the attack, and the victim was able to identify both defendants from photos.
Ferreras-Severino is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 22, while Colon-Pena was sentenced to a 12 month sentence on May 18.
Both men also face deportation as they are Dominican Republic nationals.