Commerce, CA – U.S. postal worker Daniel Villasenor, 55, was arrested after allegedly choking an 11-year-old girl who laughed at him for mistakenly entering the women’s restroom at a local park Monday.
While in uniform and driving a U.S. Postal Service vehicle, police say, Villasenor arrived at Bristow Park that evening and asked the girl where the bathrooms were located.
It was then that Villasenor apparently wandered into the woman’s room, causing the child and her friend to erupt with laughter.
A presumably red-faced Villasenor quickly visited the men’s room, and when he exited, found the girl was still tittering.
According to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office, Villasenor then chased the girl into the women’s room, and began choking her inside a supply room adjacent to the restroom before two city workers told him to stop.
“He got angry and pushed the 11-year-old child, and then grabbed her by the neck and the collar in what appeared to be a choking motion to the witnesses,” said L.A. County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Scott.
Villasenor was located nearby and placed under arrest.
Facing one felony count of willful cruelty to a child, Villasenor has been jailed on $100,000 bail.
Richard Mahe, spokesman for USPS, says Villasenor, a 31-year Postal Service employee, is on unpaid leave for the duration of the investigation.