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Man accused of robbing Rancho Cordova mail carrier at gunpoint

A Sacramento man has been indicted in the armed robbery of a mail carrier in Rancho Cordova in June.

Juan Carlos Maldonado, 21, was indicted Thursday in federal court in Sacramento, according to a U.S. attorney’s office news release.

Maldonado and others on June 21 allegedly obtained a sport-utility vehicle, removed its plates, stalked a U.S. letter carrier, then robbed the carrier at gunpoint in a Rancho Cordova neighborhood. During the robbery, Maldonado and his associates allegedly raided the postal truck, stealing more than 800 items of U.S. mail.

Following the robbery, they rifled through the stolen mail for personal identification and financial information, which Maldonado reportedly used and provided to others for use to defraud financial institutions, according to court documents.

Maldonado is charged with one count of robbery of a U.S. mail carrier, four counts of bank fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft and two counts of possessing robbery proceeds.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office arrested Maldonado on June 30 at the Red Hawk Casino while he was attempting to access proceeds from credit cards stolen during the June 21 robbery, authorities said.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Postal Service’s Narcotic and Economic Crimes Investigation Task Force, with assistance from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office and the Rancho Cordova Police Department.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy