Suspects indicted Thursday by federal grand after arrest by Taft Police, postal inspectors

Two Bakersfield men have been charged in the Oct. 16, 2009 robbery of a mail truck in Taft, has learned.

Raul Ojeda, 40, and Daniel Ortiz, 24, were indicted on Thursday by a federal grand jury in Fresno on charges of conspiracy to kidnap a federal employee and aggravated robbery of money, mail or other property of the United States.

Check later Friday for more details on the case.

Diaz was also charged with witness tampering for threatening a witness, according to the indictment.

They had been in custody since they were arrested last week in Bakersfield, law enforcement sources said.

The investigation has been a joint effort of the Taft Police Department and United States Postal Inspection Service.
Bakersfield Police assisted in the arrests.

The United States Attorney is expected to release more information Friday afternoon.

The two men are charged in connection with the hijacking and robbery of a mail truck that had stopped at East Kern Street and Highway 119.

A man armed with a handgun jumped in the cab of the truck and forced the driver to drive at gunpoint to the eastern side of the old West Side hospital complex.

The driver was tied up with duct tape while bags containing money were removed from the back of the mail truck.

The indictment also alleges that Diaz threatened a witness on May 3.