December 2018 Emeryville Crime Report: Crime for 2018 falls 13% despite 4% increase in Violent Crime

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The December 2018 Emeryville Crime Report saw 219 total crimes reported for the month (up slightly from the 218 reported in November). The final crime report of 2018 saw violent crime increase by 4% for the year while property crime saw a 15% decrease. Auto burglaries saw a more modest 10% drop after dramatic increases the past few years.

All told, crime saw a 13% statistical decline from 2017, the first drop in crime since 2014. Most of this statistical decline was led by a curious 39% drop in petty theft. What led to this dramatic drop is not entirely clear, but The EPD appears to have employed a stronger presence at ‘hot spots’ like Bay Street and Target.

After being the victim of at least four “grab & run’ robberies, the EPD stationed a patrol car IFO the Bay Street Apple store during the holidays.
An EPD patrol car has become a more common sight at Target since a 2017 takeover robbery.

Probably the highest profile crime of 2018 was the randomly targeted robbery/shooting of Alex Madias near the Emeryville Amtrak Station nearly a year ago. Madias is said to be recovering well and has regained most of his cognitive functions according to the most recent update provided by his family. Video surveillance following the incident has not helped identify a suspect thus far.


The City of Emeryville is divided into small geographical areas that facilitate the Department’s efforts to tract crime and neighborhood problems, and allocate personnel resources to meet the service need. Crime statistics are reported by the EPD through CommunityCrimeMap.com. An archive of monthly crime statistics provided can be viewed on the city website.

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1. San Pablo Avenue
2. North Emeryville
3. Emery Bay
4. Peninsula
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5. Shellmound
6. Artist Colony
7. San Pablo Avenue – South
8. Triangle
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9. East Bay bridge (East)
10. East Bay bridge (West)
11. Outside of City Limits


The reporting district matrix lists the category and number of crimes reported by district. The descriptions below are “highlights” and are not provided for every crime reported.



District 1

1270 block of 62nd St.: A strongarm robbery occurred. LOSS: Wallet, keys, and cell phone. SUSPECTS: #1 male, 20-25 years old, 6’0”, 180 lbs., with short hair, wearing a black sweatshirt and dark pants. #2 Male, 20-25 years old, shorter than suspect #1, stocky build, wearing a black sweatshirt.

District 5

Carter’s, 5731 Christie Ave.: Two female shoplifters used force to steal merchandise. One of the suspects threatened to spray the employee with mace. Both suspects fled down the alleyway.

Shellmound St., & Christie Ave.: A group of juveniles attacked a 19-year-old male and attempted to take his shoes. LOSS: (1) Shoe. The juveniles fled the area.

IFO Old Navy, 5625 Bay St.: A male suspect grabbed a shopping bag from a male adult’s hand and fled. LOSS: (2) Gold iPhones. Suspects: (3) Male juveniles, one wearing a black hoodie, and the others wearing gray hoodies.

IFO 5601 Bay Street: (3) Female juveniles attacked another female juvenile and robbed her of her cell phone. The juveniles were acquaintances.

District 6

Hollis St & Park Ave.: (3) Male juveniles attacked a male adult and took his cell phone. As the suspects fled the area, one of the suspects dropped the phone. The victim recovered his phone. Shortly after this incident, the same juveniles robbed another male adult of his backpack and fled the area.

Hollis St. & 45th St.: A male suspect told a male victim (17 years old) that he had a gun and demanded the victim’s wallet. The victim complied, and the suspect fled the area.

District 7

CVS Pharmacy, 4349 San Pablo Ave.: A robbery at gunpoint occurred. A male suspect displayed a gun in his waistband and then pointed the gun at the clerk, while demanding cash from the cash register. The suspect removed cash from the register and fled the area. EPD later arrested the suspect who was also responsible for the Gamestop robbery mentioned below.


Black & White Market, 4051 San Pablo Ave.: A strongarm robbery occurred. LOSS: (1) Pack of cigarettes. EPD arrested the suspect shortly

District 8

1024 block of 47th St.: A male suspect pistol whipped a male victim and took the victim’s wallet. SUSPECT: Male, 30-35 years old. SUSPECT VEHICLE: Older model pickup truck, brown in color, driven by another male suspect.

7-Eleven, 4000 San Pablo Ave.: A transient attempted to take hats and scarfs, however a struggled ensued between the suspect and a store employee. The merchandise and the employee’s cell phone dropped to the floor. The suspect grabbed the cell phone and fled the area. LOSS: Employee’s cell phone.

District 9

Near Pak n Save, 3889 San Pablo Ave.: A domestic violence incident resulted in an ex-boyfriend taking his ex-girlfriend’s bags of groceries and fanny pack by force.

Parking lot IFO Sally’s Beauty, 3839 Emery St.: (3) Suspects robbed a patron at gunpoint. SUSPECTS: #1 Armed with a semi-auto handgun, male, 5’9”,18-25 years old, wearing a black mask and black hoodie, white jeans, and black Air Jordans. #2 Armed with a semi-auto handgun, male, 5’7”, 180 lbs., wearing a black mask, a black hoodie, dark blue jeans, and white Nike Air Force 1. #3 Male with a dark complexion. SUSPECT VEHICLE: Kia Optima, white. LOSS: $1500 cash and (2) prescription bottles of Oxycodone.

GameStop, 3980 Hollis St.: A robbery at gunpoint occurred. LOSS/RECOVERED: $1535 cash. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter. (Same suspect responsible for the CVS Pharmacy robbery mentioned above).

District 10

Target, 1555 40th St.: A female juvenile shoplifter took merchandise by force. LOSS/RECOVERED: Underwear. EPD arrested the juvenile shortly thereafter.

Target Parking Lot, 1555 40th St.: (2) Male suspects on electric scooters took a patron’s keys by force. A male witness intervened and recovered the keys. However, the suspect that took the keys punched the witness on the back of the head causing a minor injury. Both suspects fled the area.



Aggravated Assault:

District 3

5800 block of Shellmound St.: A domestic violence incident between boyfriends resulted in one male being sprayed in the face with mace. EPD arrested the other male shortly thereafter.

Commercial Burglary

District 7 at ECCL – Emery High School, 1100 47th St.: POE: Cafeteria door. LOSS: A laptop computer.

Residential Burglary

District 3

64XX Christie Ave.: POE: Front door – Pried open. LOSS: A laptop, an iPad, and a bag containing Christmas gifts.
At 64XX Christie Ave.: POE: Front door – Pried open. LOSS: (3) Laptops, and a portable Beats speaker.

District 4

X Captain Dr., POE: Front door – Pried open. LOSS: Jewelry, a computer and video game switch.

District 7

55XX Doyle St.: POE: Storage locker – Lock cut. LOSS: Bicycle.

District 9

13XX 40th St.: Several mailboxes were burglarized, and mail was stolen.


Of the 8 vehicles reported stolen:

  • 3 vehicle was recovered intact
  • 5 vehicles were recovered but damaged

The spreadsheet compares criminal activity relative to last year, averages from the previous 3 years and annual totals for the year.


*Categories not included in Part 1 Crimes
N/C: Not Calculable

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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