Two men robbed a United Parcel Service driver of packages Wednesday morning in Southeast Washington, then made him drive several blocks before he was freed, according to D.C. police.

Officer Araz Alali, a police spokesman, said the attack occurred a few minutes before noon at Alabama Avenue and Reed Terrace Southeast. He said two men, one armed with a gun, jumped out of a white cargo van and threatened the UPS driver.

Alali said the gunman forced the driver to unload packages, and then made him drive several blocks to Southern Avenue, near 42nd Street Southeast. There, police said the driver was released unharmed.

Police did not have immediate details on whether the attackers put the packages in the white cargo van. Alali said police had blocked off many streets near the scene and set up a perimeter in hopes of catching the robbers.