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MV resident arrested for mail-carrier attack

Mountain View police officers arrested a 69-year-old resident Dec. 1 after he allegedly attacked a female postal worker over what police believe stemmed from an argument over how the man’s mail was being delivered.

Mountain View Police spokeswoman Katie Nelson said officers responded at 1:20 p.m. to a home on the 700 block of San Lucas Avenue after receiving a call reporting an assault. When officers arrived, the 45-year-old victim said the resident, identified as Denzil Burkhead, squeezed her throat and pushed her to the ground.

When officers spoke with the suspect, they learned that he and the postal worker had gotten into an argument over mail delivery, which caused him to attack her. He was subsequently arrested and transported to an area hospital for minor injuries.

After Burkhead’s release from the hospital, he was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on the charge of assault with a deadly weapon (not a firearm). Nelson did not specify the weapon Burkhead allegedly used.

A check of the Santa Clara County Superior Court system revealed that Burkhead is no longer in custody and his name does not appear on the criminal calendar.

Cynthia Sumida, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, said her agency has a placeholder of Jan. 31 for Burkhead’s arraignment, but it has not yet received the police report.

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