FLINT, MI – A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier has been charged with assault and lying to police related to a physical altercation that occurred involving two other women in the City of Flint.
On April 8, 2021,at approximately 1:30pm, Flint Police were dispatched to the area of Carson Street and Floyd McCree Drive near the Schafer Square Apartments in reference to a hit and run personal injury incident.
Upon arrival, police located a U.S. Postal Service mail truck with front end damage and made contact with its driver, Trista Paige Newton, 29-years-old, a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier. According to the police investigation, Newton initially stated that her mail truck was hit by another vehicle and then the driver and passenger got out of their vehicle and began assaulting her. Police noted that Newton had two black eyes and multiple red scratches and abrasions around her neck and face. A video recorded on a phone by a witness was later posted to social media showed Newton and two women in their early 20’s fighting in the street. Police were able to identify the two women involved and conducted an investigation including interviews with the subjects involved along with others who witnessed the fight.
Upon completion of the police investigation, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton authorized charges against Trista Newton for lying to a peace officer, a 2-year misdemeanor, and assault and battery, a 93-day misdemeanor.“This is a perfect example of how a situation may not be exactly what it looks like at first glance,”said Prosecutor Leyton after announcing the charges.
“A lot of people were immediately calling for charges against the two young women involved when, in fact, according to the police investigation, they were the victims,”he said.“ As Prosecutor, it is my responsibility to carefully review the evidence, determine the facts as best I can, and apply the law fairly in the best interests of justice,” he said. “Jumping to conclusions and quick, rash judgments about a situation rarely serves justice well,”he said.
Newton will be arraigned in 67th District Court in Flint.
On Friday April 9th, 2021, The U.S. Postal Inspector provided this statement: “The safety and well-being of Postal Service employees is a top priority for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the federal law enforcement branch of the U.S. Postal Service. Postal Inspectors are aware of the incident involving a Postal Service employee. In incidents such as this, we work closely with our law enforcement partners and prosecutors, in this case the Flint Police Department, the Flint County District Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office, to solve these crimes and determine the best course of action for prosecution. There is no indication this incident is related to the disbursement of the Economic Impact Payments.”