Caddo Parish District Attorney James E. Stewart Sr. has upgraded charges against a teen who attacked a mail carrier earlier this month.

“Many of you have expressed concern regarding the July 11 attack on a mail carrier in the Captain Shreve neighborhood,” DA Stewart said. “I was disturbed to hear about this senseless, unprovoked beating of the female mail carrier, which was perpetrated by a 16-year-old female juvenile. I became equally disturbed in finding out that the defendant was only charged with one count of attempted simple robbery and was released home Friday on an ankle monitor by Juvenile Judge Young, against our prosecutor’s objection, following what is called a Continued Custody Hearing, or initial appearance, in Juvenile Court.

“Upon further review of this matter, today we are upgrading charges against this defendant to the felony offenses of second-degree battery and second-degree robbery. These crimes are not transferrable to adult district court by Louisiana law, but this case will be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible by my office, and detention will be sought to protect the community.”