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Man charged in armed robbery of Richmond Heights post office

Man charged in armed robbery of Richmond Heights post office

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Richmond Heights Post Office

The post office at 1209 South Big Bend Boulevard in Richmond Heights was robbed in December 2018. Photo courtesy Google Street View

A St. Louis man has been charged in the armed robbery of the U.S. Post Office in Richmond Heights in December, according to the U.S. attorney for in the eastern district of Missouri.

Dywane Upchurch, 38, of St. Louis is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, assault with a dangerous weapon in the course of the robbery and violent crime stemming from the armed robbery of the post office.

On Dec. 8, 2018, Upchurch allegedly entered the Post Office on Big Bend Boulevard and threatened employees with a 9 mm semi automatic pistol. He stole about $8,800 in cash, the prosecutor's office said.

If convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, Upchurch faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Assault with a dangerous weapon in furtherance of a robbery could mean 25 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The violent crime charge carries a mandatory sentence of five years.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Richmond Heights Police Department.

This story was updated to correct spelling of Upchurch's first name.

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