Houston -- United States Postal Employees are usually worried about vicious dogs while delivering the mail, but Thursday the carrier was confronted by two men with a gun and robbed in midtown.

The mailman had just parked his truck and was about to deliver the mail to a row of boxes in front of a townhome when he says two men in their 20s casually walked up to him and began to chat.

A contractor installing a water heater across the street saw the suspects, but didn't realize what was about to happen and turned away.

The letter carrier said the men wanted whatever he had in his pockets. They eventually pulled out a gun and hit him on the right side of his face. Detectives took pictures of his injuries and interviewed him at length.

Another mailman was dispatched to complete the route.

Our employees are trained for situations like this, and of course our employees' safety is our top priority, said Dionne Montague with the U.S. Postal Service.

The U.S. Postal Service asked KHOU 11 News not to identify their worker for fear of retaliation by the suspects. The victim said he has been delivering the mail for 18 years.

One of the items the crooks got away with was the carrier's cell phone. Police said it did not have a tracking device.

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