Berkeley police arrest postal carrier over alleged threats

BERKELEY — A United States Postal Service letter carrier was arrested over the weekend after an exchange with a resident turned threatening, authorities said Tuesday.

According to a statement, a man inside his home in the 2600 block of Sacramento Street told police he heard something thrown against his front door, and found it was a package.

When the man saw a postal carrier across the street, he asked him not to throw packages. According to police, the carrier responded by cursing at and threatening the resident, who fled home and called 911.

While on the phone with dispatchers, the postal carrier entered the man’s home and began filming him with a cell phone and saying he knew who he was.

Officers responded to the home within minutes, found the postal carrier about a block away and arrested him on suspicion of making criminal threats.

The postal carrier, identified as Lamonte Earnest, 44, of Berkeley, was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for animal cruelty. Earnest was not listed in custody Tuesday evening, according to a county records check.

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