U.S. District Court

Culprit in ‘gun to head’ robbery of SF postal worker pleads guilty

A participant in a two-man August 2022 robbery of a USPS mail carrier in Ingleside has pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco.

One day after the shocking incident – which saw a postal worker pushed over and have a gun put to his head – U.S. Postal Inspectors tracked the getaway vehicle to the San Francisco address of its registered owner.

There they arrested Leroy Wise who was found concealed in a bedroom closet. A search turned-up three firearms: a loaded Polymer 80 pistol, a loaded M-11 9mm pistol, and a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun.

Leroy Wise escaping after the robbery

The robbery took place at around 5pm on August 9, 2022 near the junction of Lee Avenue and Holloway Avenue. Security cameras show two males approaching the mail carrier sitting in his truck.

The victim told police that one of the men held a gun to his head, pushed him down into the truck and threatened to shoot him if he moved. The second man climbed in to the van to steal packages.

Video footage then shows the perpetrators making their escape in a grey Chevrolet Camaro.

The getaway vehicle: a grey Chevrolet Camaro

The images captured of Wise on video match the description given by the postal worker of the man who held the gun to his head. Prosecutors also recovered clothing identical to that worn by the suspect in the search of the residence where Wise was found.

Arrested on August 10, 2022, Wise was released five days later on an unsecured $25,000 bond by U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim. This was over the objections of prosecutors who, noting a previous conviction for battery upon a peace officer, described him as someone “with a history of violent tendencies and non-compliance with authority.”

Wise’s guilty plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer on April 27, 2023.

He remains free ahead of sentencing to be scheduled later this year.

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