Three Defendants Indicted In Postal Carrier Kidnapping

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned a one-count indictment charging Mark Rogers, 36, Joseph Way, a/k/a Gus, 34, and Tashara Levans, 35, all of Rochester, NY, with kidnapping of a federal employee. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that the indictment alleges that Rogers, Way, and Levans kidnapped a U.S. Postal Service employee in the City of Rochester on November 16, 2019.

The defendants were arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark W. Pedersen and are being held pending detention hearings.

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector-in-Charge Joseph W. Cronin of the Boston Division, and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief La’Ron Singletary.