Family of Rock Hil native mail carrier murdered near DC wonders if new beating, abduction connected

adys@heraldonline.comFebruary 27, 2014 

Tyson Barnette

The family of a mail carrier from Rock Hill who was killed while delivering mail Nov. 23 outside Washington, D.C., is wondering if there is a connection between that unsolved crime and the abduction and beating of a postal carrier in Washington on Tuesday afternoon.

Tyson Barnette, 26, a Northwestern High School graduate who had lived near the nation’s capital for eight years, was shot several times while in his mail truck in the November killing in Cheverly, Md., just a few miles from the city limits of Washington, D.C.

Barnette was ambushed as he attempted to deliver a package to an address, but police in Prince George’s County, Md., have never found out who killed him or why.

“No one has ever been arrested, charged, in the death of Tyson and with this abduction we would like to know what is going on,” said Felita Guy of Rock Hill, Tyson Barnette’s aunt. “It is a second mail carrier.”

The killing of Barnette outraged postal carriers, who demanded an end to night deliveries. Federal and local police in the area are still offering a $125,000 reward in Barnette’s killing.

Harry Bond, a spokesperson with the Prince George’s County Police, said Thursday that Barnette’s case is still under investigation and said he did not have any information that links the two attacks.

In the Tuesday incident, the 54-year-old carrier was abducted and beaten and repeatedly asked about what he did with a package. The carrier fought back and was thrown from the vehicle before being found and treated for his injuries.

Postal inspectors have told Washington, D.C.-area media that one angle being looked at is the attackers were looking for drugs that may have been sent to the neighborhood through the mail.

Andrew Dys •  803-329-4065

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