Arrest in attempted sex assault of postal worker in West Oak Lane

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Federal agents with the US Postal Inspection Service are assisting Philadelphia police in the investigation as reported during Action News at 11 on January 2, 2019.

Police have made an arrest in the attempted sexual assault of a postal worker in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia.

38-year-old Ariel Hernandez, of the 3400 block of Ditman Street, was arrested around 4:20 p.m. Wednesday.

He is charged with attempt to commit rape, indecent assault and related offenses.

The female worker was reportedly assaulted while inside her mail truck in the 6900 block of Old York Road late Wednesday afternoon.

"We're going to come to the bottom of this and hold the individual accountable who is brazen enough to assault a hardworking postal employee," said U.S. Postal Inspector Reginald Wade.

The postal service says this type of crime on a letter carrier is not at all common.

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