Miami-Dade man wanted a postal worker to open his box. He’s charged with attempted murder
The postman went to Charlie Holley's townhouse in Florida City and tried to leave a small box addressed to Whitey White.
She had been there before to deliver other mail that was addressed in the same way, investigators say. But this time it was different.
The carrier, unidentified by authorities, saw Holley standing on the second-floor balcony with a gun pointed at her, according to an indictment filed earlier this month.
Holley - a convicted felon who, according to the Florida Department of Corrections, has multiple aliases, including Whiteboy - and then shot her mail van driving away in the Tower View Villas community, the United States Postal Inspection Service said.
Holley, 40, who is being held at FDC Miami Monday, faces federal charges, including attempted murder of a United States employee.
According to investigators, the postman was on her daily route at Block 600 on Northwest Sixth Street at around 1 p.m. when she spotted Holley in the front window on the second floor.
Witnesses later told investigators that, according to the complaint, Holley was seen pointing the gun at neighbors earlier in the day.
After seeing the gun and leaving the package, the postwoman quickly returned to her truck and drove away. She came about 20 feet from the house and heard a thump, investigators said. The impact turned into a bullet on the back of the truck, investigators said shortly after the shooting. The postman who was not injured immediately called 911.
Shortly after the shooting, Florida City Police - with the help of Miami-Dade Police - took Holley into custody.
Investigators armed with a search warrant later found a rifle with a magazine with five live cartridges, two additionally loaded magazines and a loose round of ammunition. Also found, according to the complaint: a worn housing in a room with a sliding glass door pointing in the direction of the postal worker’s truck and a shirt with “Whitey” printed on it.
Holley, 40, has a long history of incarceration, but on convictions and prison terms, he has only served two stints in Florida prisons, according to online records.
The second time, originally charged in 2014 with attempted second degree murder, two-fold aggravated assault against a pregnant woman, armed burglary and assault and possession of a firearm by a felon, Holley ended up only on the firearms charge. One of the tightened battery counts was not pursued and the other charges were dropped. When the case was closed; it was March 2017 and Holley had been in the county jail since July 2014. He was given three years on firearms charges, but with his county jail term, he only spent three months in prison.
A 2003 conviction for selling a controlled substance within 300 meters of a religious building earned Holley six months and 23 days in prison. In 1999, Holley was sentenced to two years probation after a serious car theft.
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