An Ellis Avenue man and his wife were arrested Tuesday afternoon after police say they made threats against a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier.

The 64-year-old man was charged with third-degree assault. His wife was arrested on a charge of interfering with a police officer.

Federal authorities were in Orangeburg late Tuesday to determine if any federal laws had been broken.

Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Capt. Mike Adams said a USPS mail carrier called 911 just after 1 p.m. to report the Ellis Avenue man refused to allow her to leave his yard.

“According to the mail carrier, the resident became irate that she had driven on his grass,” Adams said. “The individual then stood in front of her vehicle and refused to allow her to leave the property.”

The mail carrier told police the man stood in front of her vehicle screaming at her and beating on the vehicle. At one point, he reached inside the vehicle and made threats against her, the carrier said.

An officer arrived at the residence in the 500 block of Ellis Avenue and attempted to detain the irate man.

While the officer attempted to arrest him, the man’s wife ran out of the residence and got between the officer and her husband.

“After repeated warnings, she was arrested for interfering with police,” Adams said.

The mail carrier was not injured.

Adams said the investigation is ongoing with the assistance of U.S. Postal Service inspectors.

Contact the writer: rwalker@timesandemocrat.com or 803-533-5516.

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