People v Bradley Craig Mathes

On May 2, 2016, a jury found Defendant Bradley Craig Mathes guilty of attempted extortion.

On September 1, 2015, at approximately 8:47 pm the victim crossed the road from the Union City BART station and walked east bound on Alvarado Niles Road when he saw Defendant Mathes approach him on a bicycle. Defendant Mathes asked the victim, “What did you say to me?”, and the victim replied that he did not say anything. Defendant Mathes asked the victim how much money he had and the victim replied that he did not have any money and that the defendant did not have to do this.

At this point, the victim tried to walk away from Defendant Mathes but he was followed for approximately half a mile. Eventually, Defendant Mathes said to the victim, “Give me your money or I’ll blow you away”. The victim looked back at Defendant Mathes who reached into a black plastic bag hanging from the handle bar of the defendant’s bicycle. The victim thought Defendant Mathes was reaching for a gun and feared for his life. He continued to walk quickly and still Defendant Mathes followed him.

At an intersection, Defendant Mathes told the victim, “It is going to be dark up ahead”. Once the victim reached his housing complex, he ran to his apartment and contacted the Union City Police Department. A short time later, Defendant Mathes was arrested and positively identified by the victim.

Defendant Bradley Mathes was sentenced to 7 years 8 months in state prison on July 7, 2016. The case was prosecuted by DDA Veronica Rios Reddick with the assistance of DA Inspector Robert Davila.

(Docket #H57997)

Posted on Jun 22, 2016