Names of suspects arrested in mail carrier shooting released

Suspects identified as Bradley A. Hern, Piper Lee, Sara Richford

By Ben Spicer - Web Producer , David Ibanez - Web - Managing Editor

SAN ANTONIO - Updated at 3:36 p.m.:

The suspects were identified as Bradley A'Hearn, Piper Lee and Sara Richford.

A federal court hearing was delayed until 11 a.m. Thursday.

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San Antonio police arrested two men and a woman Wednesday morning in connection with the shooting of a mail carrier over the weekend, Police Chief William McManus said. 

McManus said the three people arrested, including the suspected shooter, were found at the Sunset Inn Motel at 1100 Roosevelt Avenue on the city's South Side.

The suspects were described to be in their late 20s and early 30s and were scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate Wednesday afternoon.

McManus would not elaborate on how the arrests transpired, but confirmed they were the suspects who eluded law enforcement twice, including a huge manhunt Tuesday at North Star Mall.

"These three individuals were very, very dangerous, and I think we're all happy that they're taken into custody without incident," he said. "We were afraid that there was going to be a situation where there would be a violent encounter based on what happened in the past, so this SWAT team did a fantastic job." 

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McManus said the manhunt Tuesday was triggered after someone called police about stolen mail.

Members of the San Antonio Police Department ROPE Unit conducted surveillance at the location where the stolen mail was reported. Officers followed the trio to Loop 410 and Broadway and eventually to the mall, McManus said.

"They went into the covered garage at North Star. Once they got into the mall area, they were able to escape," McManus said.

Despite the escape, police were able to gather information on the trio that led law enforcement to the hotel, McManus said.

Multiple agencies were involved in the capture, including the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the San Antonio Police Department.

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