The postman went to Charlie Holley’s townhouse in Florida and attempted to leave a small box addressed to “Whitey White”.
She had already gone there to deliver other letters addressed in the same way, according to investigators. But this time it was different.
The carrier, who authorities have not identified, saw Holley standing on the second-floor balcony pointing a gun at her, according to an indictment filed earlier this month.
Holley – a convicted felon who, according to the Florida Department of Corrections, has multiple aliases, including Whiteboy – then shot her mail truck as she left the community of Tower View Villas, the United States Postal Inspection Service said.
Holley, 40, who is being held at FDC Miami on Monday, faces federal charges, including the attempted murder of a United States employee.
Investigators said the letter carrier was on her daily commute in the 600 block of Northwest Sixth Street at around 1 p.m. when she spotted Holley in the front window on the second floor.
Witnesses later told investigators Holley was seen earlier today pointing the gun at neighbors, according to the complaint.
After seeing the gun and leaving the package, the postman quickly returned to her truck and left. She walked about 20 feet from the house and heard a thud, investigators said. The thud turned into a bullet in the back of the truck, investigators said shortly after the shooting. The postman, who was not injured, immediately called 911.
Shortly after the shooting, Florida City Police – with help from Miami-Dade Police – took Holley into custody.
Investigators, armed with a search warrant, later found a rifle with a magazine with five live rounds, two additional loaded magazines and one round of loose ammunition. Also found, according to the complaint: a worn case in a room that has a sliding glass door that faces the direction of the postman’s truck and a shirt with the word “Whitey” imprinted on it.
Holley, 40, has a lengthy criminal record, but when it comes to convictions and jail time, he’s only made two stints in Florida jails, according to online records.
The second time, initially charged in 2014 with one count of attempted second degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault and battery against a pregnant woman, armed robbery with assault and possession of a gun. On fire by a criminal, Holley ended up serving his sentence solely on the firearm charge. . One of the aggravated battery charges was not prosecuted, the other charges were dropped. By the time the case was over; that was March 2017 and Holley had been in county jail since July 2014. He was sentenced to three years for the firearm charge, but with his county jail term counted he only spent three years. months in prison.
A 2003 conviction for selling a controlled substance within 300 yards of a religious building earned Holley six months and 23 days in prison. In 1999, Holley was sentenced to two years probation after a conviction for auto theft.