A man seen sporting a Smith & Wesson T-shirt in his mugshot is charged with pointing a gun at a U.S. postal carrier on Chicago’s Northeast Side after he accused the federal employee of blowing a stop sign, authorities said.
Stephan Casica, 43, of the 2000 block of West Arthur Avenue is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon, violation of the concealed carry act and battery. His bond was set at $50,000.
Casica thought he saw the letter roll through a stop sign near Damen and Arthur avenues Thursday morning about 10 a.m. in the West Ridge neighborhood, prosecutors said. He followed the postal truck to the 6600 block of North Damen Avenue with his dog and approached the driver, according to prosecutors.
The 32-year-old letter carrier was pushing a mailcart, which Casica kicked into him during a heated exchange, according to police and prosectuors.
Casica then pointed a loaded 9mm handgun at the mailman who lifted his hands in the air and backed away, prosecutors said. Casica threatened to shoot the man, prosecutors said. The gun was loaded with six rounds, according to prosecutors.
Casica then chased the mailman around the postal truck before going home, authorities said.
In a mugshot provided by Chicago police, a glum-looking Casica is wearing a black T-shirt with lettering that reads “M&P by Smith & Wesson.”
Police could not confirm what kind of gun Casica was allegedly carrying at the time of his arrest.
It was not immediately clear if Casica had a lawyer.