NewsRoom/DrudgeReport Posted Jan 29, 2003 10:07 AM
Woman is made to walk naked before co-workers
Akron- A U.S. Postal Service manager was forced to disrobe and walk naked in front of about a dozen employees yesterday morning by a colleague who threatened to kill her unless she complied.
Lonnie Wilson, 60, who planned to retire on Friday, is in Summit County Jail, charged with kidnapping, aggravated menacing and gross sexual imposition.
"We have no idea what led to this," Terrence Sullivan, a postal inspector from Cleveland, said. "They didn't work together, and we can't understand why this occurred."
Wilson, of Canton, was a revenue assurance specialist. He worked in a section of offices adjoining a Postal Service encoding facility, where workers type in codes for the destination of handwritten letters that cannot be read by automated machines, Sullivan said.
Wilson had worked for the Postal Service for 24 years and had no prior problems.
The 43-year-old Akron woman worked in the same office area, in marketing, but normally did not interact with him. Sullivan did not know how long she had worked there.
At 8:30 a.m. yesterday, Wilson approached the woman, became angry and said he was going to kill her if she didn't do what he said, according to police reports. He ordered her to disrobe and forced her to walk in front of employees. He also hugged her and told her to kiss him, the report said.
Sullivan said Wilson, at 6 feet 5 and 235 pounds, can be physically intimidating. He did not have a weapon, but employees were scared.
As Wilson left the building, police were arriving. He drove away slowly, followed by police, and was stopped a short distance from the Exeter Avenue building. He is scheduled to be arraigned today in Akron Municipal Court.
Sullivan said Wilson will be placed on administrative leave. The locks to the building have been changed, and he has no access to computers.
Counselors will be available to talk to the woman and the employees.
"We are very concerned about the victim," Sullivan said. "She was not physically harmed, but emotionally she had a very rough day, the first of some rough days."