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The armed robbery occurred Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 20, near Northeast 10th Avenue and Hancock Street.

The U.S. Postal Service is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect who robbed a mail carrier at gunpoint in Northeast Portland.

Mail carriers are targets because mail often contains items of value, said Adam Sale, postal inspector. Sale added that mail carriers are rarely targets of theft in the Portland area.

The incident occurred at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, near Northeast 10th Avenue and Hancock Street in the Irvington neighborhood, USPS officials said in a statement.

The suspect may have left the scene on foot or in a vehicle heading west on Hancock and then turned south on Northeast 9th Avenue, officials said. Sale declined to describe how the mail carrier reacted during the incident.

The suspect was described as a white man with tan skin and heavy grey stubble on his face. He was reportedly between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was wearing a tan fisherman's hat, a black T-shirt and possibly black shorts, officials said.

USPS mail carriers are federal employees, making the robbery a federal crime. If the suspect is convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison, federal law states.

Officials advised people not to attempt to apprehend the suspect themselves. Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455 and say "law enforcement." People should reference Case No. 3832606. All information will be kept confidential, officials said.

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