Suspect Arrested in United States Postal Service Shooting While a Second Suspect is Still Being Sought

FROM: United States Attorney Carmen M. Oritz - District of Massachusetts

A Dorchester man was arrested this morning while another remains a fugitive in connection with the attempted robbery, assault and kidnapping of a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier that took place just before Christmas. The federal criminal complaint, which was filed in U.S. District yesterday, was unsealed today. In it, 23 year-old Maurice Williams Miner-Gittens & 21 year-old Keyon Taylor are charged with Conspiracy to Rob, Attempted Robbery and Kidnapping of a Federal Employee.

The government is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the individual seen in the enclosed photo - Keyon Taylor. Anyone with information regarding Taylor’s whereabouts is asked to contact the U.S. Postal Inspectors at 1 (877) 876-2455. Taylor may be armed and should be considered dangerous and no one should attempt to apprehend him.


The charges were filed after an extensive investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Boston Police Department. The Boston Police Department’s crime laboratory provided exceptional assistance in analyzing forensic evidence within a very short time period and should be lauded for their efforts.

The defendants face a maximum sentence of life in prison on the kidnapping charges; 5 years on the conspiracy charges; and 25 years on the robbery of federal property.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Kevin Niland, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Thomas E. Kanwit of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.