EPD Releases Madias Shooting Suspect Video; Recovery ‘Going Well’

Published On April 17, 2018 | By Rob Arias | Crime & Public Safety, News & Commentary

The Emeryville Police released a surveillance video to the public today showing a suspect from the February 11th shooting of Alex Madias. Madias was shot during a robbery while picking up a friend from our Emeryville Amtrak Station.

Madias was reportedly walking westbound on 59th toward the station when approached by the suspect. According to an eyewitness, the suspect brandishing a black handgun, demanded money, then shot Madias in the back of the head and fled eastbound.

The pixelated video shows the suspect running north from 59th through Heritage Park toward the EmeryStation parking lot.


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The video and information provides little in the way of description or detail of the suspect other than he is an 18-25 year old “dark-skinned male” and wearing an emblem on his sweatshirt. The Emeryville Police are hoping this is enough to generate some leads from the public that will ultimately lead to the suspect’s arrest.

Meanwhile, Madias’ recovery is going well according to his caringbridge.org site. Madias was released from the hospital on April 6th but faces a long recovery ahead of him including cognitive rehabilitation and reconstructive surgery.

“We are so thankful for the work of the medical professionals as well as the love and support from friends and family that brought us to this day,” wrote Kaitlyn Thomson in a journal entry. “Alex has truly stayed strong, we could not be more proud of how hard he is fighting!”

A GoFundMe campaign is targeting $135K toward Alex’ recovery.

About The Author

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

11 Responses to EPD Releases Madias Shooting Suspect Video; Recovery ‘Going Well’

  1. Anonymous says:

    If it bleeds it leads at the E’Ville Eye.

    • Sarah says:

      This bizarro trolling to bully the blog out of reporting on events can’t possibly be that satisfying but shame on you- do you think the Madias family would like this information withheld? A man nearly lost his life, his family’s life is totally upended, and there is a scary person with a gun roaming the community. Get yourself together.

      I don’t know why it took three months to release this information but I hope someone sees it that can help. This kind of terror is intolerable.

      • Anonymous says:

        This trolling is emblematic of the skewed individuals the rival blog attracts.

        Decide for yourself which group of individuals are better for Emeryville.

    • Anonymous says:

      You’re damn right it leads. If someone is shot in Emeryville, then yes, that’s the top story on every single Emeryville related news site. Hands down. No question.

      Now once getting shot in Emeryville is so common that it’s no longer news, then, at that point you can say the progressives have won.

      Until then, if it bleeds, it leads.

      And, it’s not an “it”, it’s a “he”. His name is Alex Madias. He’s a young man who was dropping his friend off at the Amtrak, and he got shot in the head while being robbed in Emeryville, an increasingly common occurrence.

      This was considered newsworthy by KGO-TV, the San Francisco Chronicle, SFGate, the Marin Independent Journal, and the EvilleEye.

      You might try a little respect for the man who spent the last two month fighting for his life who is now hoping to one day be able to speak again. Or is insulting shooting victims a la Parkland now the thing the Emeryville hip crowd is doing these day?

      And when the EPD asks for help locating someone who attempted murder, your position is that the local media should do what? Say no?

      You and the guy who shot Mr. Madias are cretins, and I look forward to the day both of you are off our streets.

    • Anonymous says:

      What the hell if your problem? This poor kid is fighting to recover from being shot, the community is attempting to find his assailant to prevent more shootings, and all you can think to do is grind some political axe? You are depraved.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Rob, these videos have been recompressed during the upload to facebook and/or your download and subsequent upload to YouTube. Each recompression is going to degrade the quality significantly and that multiplies with each re-encoding.

    Is there any way you can request that EPD provide a downloadable (not streamable) version somewhere that is the ORIGINAL quality that came off the security camera in the original format?

    Thanks.

    • Rob Arias says:

      Agreed and I’ll reach out. A magnified screen grab from the original video capture where you might actually be able to make out the hoodie graphic would probably be the most useful in IDing this guy.

      • Anonymous says:

        Thanks Rob. I’d actually like the original footage rather than a screen grab (though both wouldn’t hurt). The graphic doesn’t appear to be clear in any of the frames, but I’d like to watch frame by frame.

        A burglar in the area wears a gold foil t-shirt that might match. The video may show a partially zipped up hoodie over a t-shirt which would explain why the reflective graphic flashes as he runs.

        But it’s impossible to tell or to go frame by frame in the streamed video.

      • Anonymous says:

        Any luck on this?

      • Rob Arias says:

        I’ve reached out twice to no avail. If it were up to me, there would be posters like you see of the arson suspect plastered everywhere around that area. Someone who walks that street everyday for work might have seen something suspicious but may be completely oblivious something happened because they don’t read Emeryville News.

      • Anonymous says:

        EPD didn’t respond?

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