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Jackson woman charged in postal truck robbery

Victim reportedly shot, left for dead

Federal authorities say a Jackson woman helped orchestrate the December robbery of a fellow postal service employee that resulted in the near-fatal shooting of the victim.

LaTonya Evans, 44, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy and armed robbery for her alleged role in the Dec. 20 holdup in Conley, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia said in a statement released last week.

Authorities allege Evans helped devise a scheme to rob the postal truck and worked with two co-defendants to carry it out. Kendrick Watkins, 39, of Rex and Charles Jackson, 55, of Griffin have been charged in the same indictment as Evans, federal prosecutors said.

Authorities believe Evans met with Jackson and Watkins to plan the robbery of the postal truck driver, which occurred during a routine pickup.

“The conspiracy she is charged with participating in resulted in the near-death of a fellow postal worker whom Evans knew,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said. “The indictment charges that he was shot, bound and left for dead by Evans’ co-defendants. We will always aggressively prosecute anyone who commits this kind of horrendous act.”

Jackson and Watkins are accused of approaching the postal truck driver Dec. 20 and demanding the keys. When the driver didn’t comply, authorities said, he was shot in the torso and bound at the feet. Authorities allege Jackson and Watkins took the truck along with the victim’s cell phone, and later met up with Evans to discuss the robbery.

The victim, who was not identified in the statement, reportedly crawled several hundred feet to a nearby roadway where he flagged down help.