A trio of dirt bike riders attacked an on-duty USPS mail carrier in Brooklyn earlier this week, walloping him with closed fists and breaking bones in his face in a wild thrashing captured by surveillance cameras, police said Wednesday.
The video from Monday's attack shows the USPS mail carrier pushing his mailbag along a sidewalk near McGuinness Boulevard and Nassau Avenue around 6 p.m.
A man on a dirt bike rides up behind him. That man starts to attack the mail carrier -- they start circling each other, fists up as if they're in a boxing ring. Then another man on a dirt bike comes by via the street, ditches the bike and leaps into the fray.
A third man then joins in the chaos. Ultimately, the mail carrier suffering broken facial bones and lacerations before the trio of attackers rode off. The victim was taken to a hospital and is expected to be OK.
It's not clear what prompted the fracas, though a good Samaritan who called the cops told News 4 it started because the dirt bike riders were blocking the street. Words were exchanged with the mail carrier who kept walking, but the bikers followed and started to beat him in the head, the good Samaritan said.
USPS didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
The United States Postal Inspection Service said in a statement it was investigating along with the NYPD.
"The Postal Inspection Service is committed to securing the safety of Postal employees," the agency said in a statement. "Those who commit acts of violence against Postal employees during the performance of their duties will be brought to justice and could face stiff penalties and imprisonment for their crimes."
Police released surveillance video of the attack (above). Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.