Police: Man threatens postal employee with knife

UPPER DARBY — An Upper Darby man went postal on his letter carrier by threatening to stab him for not properly delivering his mail, authorities said.

Joseph Piscitelli, 66, of the 200 block of Avon Road, has been charged by police for allegedly brandishing a knife and threatening a United States postal worker late Saturday afternoon outside of his residence. Piscitelli is facing three misdemeanor charges of terroristic threats, possessing an instrument of crime – weapon and simple assault and a summary citation of harassment against the federal employee.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, police were called by the victim, reportedly in his late 20s, who was delivering mail on the 200 block of Avon Road when he “dropped off mail at (the suspect’s address) by opening the storm door” and not putting the mail through the mail slot.

“At that time, a white male believed to be the resident, came outside and started cursing at the victim and threatened to assault him for not putting the mail into the mail slot,” reads the affidavit. “The male then went back inside the resident and re-emerged with a knife in his hand telling the victim that he was going to stab him.”

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It really is not a very safe practice going up to the homes to deliver mail any more. I wish there would be a push to get boxes to the curbs, it would help provide better service and offers a bit more of a safety net for us carriers.