A U.S. Postal Service investigator was assaulted by a disgruntled customer with a knife at the Flagstaff main post office branch yesterday at about 10 a.m.
According to a complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, a Fish and Game officer spotted a man cursing inside and outside the post office and causing a disturbance, so the officer flagged down a postal investigator standing nearby.
It is against the law to swear on USPS property.
When the investigator contacted the man, he refused to stop walking away and told the officer not to mess with him.
The man then reached for something in his waistband, which thinking it would be a gun, prompted the officer to draw his sidearm. Instead, the man pulled out a nine-inch fish filleting knife and threatened the officer with it.
The postal officer tackled the man and was able to wrestle the weapon away from him.
When questioned at the Flagstaff Medical Center, where he was being treated for chest pains, the man apologized to the investigator and said he was upset over a death and added he didn’t believe he would live long himself.
The suspect admitted he had drug and alcohol problems.
He said he had wanted to scare people with the knife and thought about loading a .22 caliber gun with blanks to scare people.
“I scared those people over at the post office and they didn’t deserve that,” the man told investigators.
Edward Vincent Wesner, 49, was booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility on charges of assault and assault with a deadly weapon.