ATLANTA – LaTonya Evans has been indicted by a federal grand jury on conspiracy and armed robbery charges for her role in planning a postal robbery in Conley, Ga., on December 20, 2013–a robbery that resulted in the near-fatal shooting of a postal truck driver by two other defendants charged with Evans in the same indictment.
“Evans is charged with exploiting her inside knowledge of the Postal Service for personal profit,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “The conspiracy she is charged with participating in resulted in the near-death of a fellow postal worker whom Evans knew. The indictment charges that he was shot, bound, and left for dead by Evans’ co-defendants. We will always aggressively prosecute anyone who commits this kind of horrendous act.”
“The U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s mission and priority is the protection of postal employees,” said Keith Fixel, Postal Inspector in Charge, Charlotte Division. “Acts of violence are crimes of unspeakable consequences which Postal Inspectors will investigate with rigorous tenacity. While the investigation included a postal employee, Evans’ actions do not represent the vast majority of postal employees committed to doing their jobs.”
According to United States Attorney Yates, the indictment, and other information presented in court: LaTonya Evans helped to develop the scheme to rob a postal truck, and worked with co-defendants Kendrick Watkins and Charles Jackson to carry out the plan. Evans met with Watkins and Jackson to plan the robbery of the postal truck driver. On December 20, 2013, during a routine pick-up in Conley, Ga., Jackson and Watkins approached the U.S. Postal employee who was driving the truck and demanded the keys to the postal truck. When the victim did not immediately comply, the men shot him in the torso, nearly taking his life. The robbers then bound the victim’s feet and took his cell phone so that he could not run or call for help. Jackson and Watkins drove away with the stolen truck and all its contents and met with Evans afterwards to discuss the robbery. The victim was forced to crawl several hundred feet to the nearest road where he flagged down a passerby for help.
LaTonya Evans, 44, of Jackson, Ga., has been charged along with Kendrick Watkins, 39, of Rex, Ga., and Charles Jackson, 55, of Griffin, Ga. Watkins and Jackson are accused of carrying out the armed robbery and shooting.
Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges. The defendants are presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
This case is being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service.