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One man charged in shooting of postal carrier in Dorchester

Federal authorities charged one man and are looking for another in connection with the attempted robbery, kidnapping, and shooting of a US Postal Service letter carrier in Dorchester just days before Christmas.

Maurice Williams Miner-Gittens, 23, was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with conspiracy to rob, attempted robbery, and kidnapping of a US employee, and authorities are looking for Keyon Taylor, 21, said the US attorney’s office. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call US Postal Service inspectors at 877-876-2455. Authorities say that he might be armed and should be considered dangerous and that no one should independently try to apprehend him.

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They each face up to life in prison on the kidnapping charges, up to 25 years on the charge of robbery of federal property, and five years on the conspiracy charges, the US attorney’s office said. The US Postal Service is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to Taylor’s arrest and conviction.

After an initial appearance in US District Court in Boston, Miner-Gittens was ordered held until a Jan. 27 hearing.

Authorities said that the two men were involved in the robbery Dec. 20 while the letter carrier was delivering holiday packages. Taylor allegedly jumped into the postal truck and put a pistol to his head. Authorities said that a scuffle ensued and that the letter carrier was shot in the wrist. Authorities say he was subsequently beaten with the pistol and kicked and ordered to take off his uniform and lie face down.

Authorities said Taylor then drove the truck away. The letter carrier, who was bleeding and in fear for his life, jumped out through the back door and ran.

Taylor, according to authorities, drove the truck a short distance before abandoning it and fleeing on foot. He allegedly left a trail of boot prints in the snow and his blood on a fence, from a cut or wound on his hand. The trail of boot prints led through several backyards to a trash or recycling bin, which also had his blood on the handle. Authorities say they found the letter carrier’s uniform, cellphone, and personal keys in the bin.

Authorities said that Miner-Gittens rented and drove a U-Haul van that was used during the attempted robbery. It had the letter carrier’s blood it.

The US Postal Service investigated the shooting, along with Boston police, which used its crime lab to analyze evidence.

Milton J. Valencia can be reached at mvalencia@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @miltonvalencia.
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