NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – September 1, 2023
SAN DIEGO – Edwin Cuadrado, Jr., a United States Postal Service (USPS) employee, was arrested and charged in a federal criminal complaint with stabbing a supervisor on August 25 at a mail facility in Carmel Mountain Ranch.
At a hearing today in federal court, U.S. Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo ordered Cuadrado held without bond after the government argued he is a flight risk and danger to the community. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 12 at 9:30 before Judge Gallo.
The criminal complaint alleges that Cuadrado used a knife to stab a supervisor in the back of the head.
According to the criminal complaint, Cuadrado first engaged in a verbal and physical altercation with one of his USPS supervisors at a nearby gas station late in the afternoon on August 25. Shortly thereafter, Cuadrado drove his USPS vehicle into the main employee parking lot of the USPS mail processing and distribution facility located at 11251 Rancho Carmel Drive. While in the parking lot of that facility, three different supervisory USPS employees attempted to speak with Cuadrado regarding the recent altercation. Cuadrado responded by brandishing a knife and stabbing one of the supervisors before leaving the scene. Responding paramedics treated the wound to the back of the supervisor’s head before that supervisor was taken to a hospital for further treatment.
Cuadrado remained at large until he was arrested by investigators on the morning of August 30.
DEFENDANT Case Number 23-MJ-3140
Edwin Cuadrado Jr. Age: 37 San Diego, CA
SUMMARY OF CHARGES
8 U.S.C. § 111(a)(1) – Assault on a Federal Employee or Officer
Maximum penalty: Five years in prison; $250,000 fine.
8 U.S.C. § 111(a)(1) and (b) – Assault on a Federal Employee or Officer Inflicting Bodily Injury
Maximum penalty: Twenty years in prison; $250,000 fine.
United States Postal Inspection Service
San Diego Police Department
*The charges and allegations contained in an indictment or complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.