Hike sentence

East Bay man gets 4-year sentence for stealing mailman in Oakland

A 31-year-old East Bay man was sentenced to four years in federal prison on Friday for the armed robbery of an Oakland mail carrier last year, U.S. Attorney’s Office officials said.

Kevin Allan Fowler – who was originally charged with the robbery earlier this year – pleaded guilty in June after admitting to investigators he robbed the postman with a gun as he walked down Merritt Avenue near the lake Merritt on Dec. 2, 2021, authorities said.

After spotting the carrier trying to deliver mail to a building, Fowler approached the woman and asked her to hand over her keys, according to the plea agreement. When she refused, Fowler pulled out a handgun and forced her to give him her car keys and two USPS mail keys.

Law enforcement used footage from street cameras and buildings to locate Fowler’s car, and Oakland police arrested him without incident two days later, according to a press release from the U.S. attorney. He was in possession of a loaded P80 9mm handgun and a counterfeit USPS email key when he was arrested.

Although police never found the keys seized in the robbery, prosecutors said the victim was able to identify Fowler.

In addition to his four-year-and-three-month sentence, Fowler will serve five years under supervision upon his release from prison and pay compensation to the victim, according to the statement. He was already in custody before his conviction and will begin serving his sentence immediately.

Joel Umanzor (he/him) is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]