BART Police Seek Help In Solving 2016 Killing – Investigators Believe Suspect Is In Contra Costa County

January 9, 2019 16:00 pm · 8 comments

BART police on Wednesday marked the third anniversary of the fatal shooting of a passenger on a train at the West Oakland station by saying that they have new information about the case and that the reward has been increased from $10,000 to $25,000.

Carlos Funez-Romero, a 19-year-old Antioch man, was fatally shot at the West Oakland station at about 7:45 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2016.

BART police Chief Carlos Rojas said at a news conference at police headquarters Wednesday that investigators now believe that the suspect in the shooting has strong ties to the Antioch area and goes by the first name of Matty, although he also could be known as Matthew or Matt.

Rojas said investigators also believe the suspect’s father’s first name is Vic or Victor and that he drives a Ford Crown Victoria.

He said, “There’s a good possibility that someone knows a man by the name of Vic who has a Crown Victoria.”

Rojas said the fatal shooting of Funez-Romero, who was born in Honduras, was “a heinous act committed by an individual who’s still roaming free.”

But Rojas said, “He’s looking over his shoulder every day and our message is that we’re on this case, we’re coming after you and we will find you.”

Rojas said police believe the suspect may still be in the Antioch area because he’s familiar with it but admitted it’s also possible he has fled the region.

BART police describe the suspect as a black man who is 6 feet to 6 feet 4 inches tall and say that he had a bald or shaved or close-cut hair style and a slim build at the time of the fatal shooting and was wearing a green hooded jacket with beige, construction-style boots.

Rojas said the motive for the shooting still isn’t clear.

Funez-Romero and the suspect both boarded a Tri Delta Transit bus at 3400 Delta Fair Blvd. in Antioch and then got on a BART train bound for San Francisco International Airport.

BART police said shortly after the shooting that the suspect shot Funez-Romero multiple times and then fled on foot from the West Oakland station.

Rojas declined to talk about Funez-Romero’s background, saying that the focus should be on the suspect.

“We don’t believe the victim was doing anything wrong. He was murdered plain and simple and didn’t deserve what happened to him,” the chief said.

Rojas said homicides are rare on the BART system and before Funez-Romero was killed, there hadn’t been a homicide on the system since February 2013.

However, there were three homicides on the BART system in a five-day period last July, including the fatal stabbing of 17-year-old Nia Wilson at the MacArthur station in Oakland on July 22, 2018.

Rojas said anyone with information about the fatal shooting of Funez-Romero should call BART police at (510) 464-7040 or an anonymous tip line at (510) 464-7011.

Kentucky Derby January 9, 2019 at 4:21 PM

Keep increasing the reward and someone will turn him in. I’m surprised no one turned him in for $10,000. Wouldn’t be surprised if the suspect has left the area.

TraumaRx January 9, 2019 at 4:51 PM

Asking for the public’s help means the police have no clue where this guy is.

Anon January 9, 2019 at 4:57 PM

Well now he’ll see this and flee the country. Probably commit more crimes to fund the trip, putting even more innocent lives at risk.

George January 9, 2019 at 7:54 PM

“BART police describe the suspect as a black man …. and he was wearing a green hooded jacket with beige, construction-style boots.”

The guy in the picture sure doesn’t look black?

Giddyup January 9, 2019 at 10:50 PM

I’m so relieved to see the other murders on BART during that period are getting some media attention and progress in the investigation by police. I felt like they were completely over shadowed by the Wilson murder and would quietly be forgotten or swept under the rug. I can only hope this guy is quickly apprehended and a resolution brought to this tragedy.

CoCo Commenter January 10, 2019 at 8:46 AM

Bart : “First of all I just wanna remind everyone people don’t get shot on Bart often. That being said, there was 3 people who died in 1 week and we can’t even find this guy. So if your standing near the doors make sure you’re prepared to fight for you life and watch your ownvaluables”

The Mamba January 10, 2019 at 2:54 PM

It’s pretty incredible that this guy is still free considering the crime and number of witnesses and cameras. I mean, is it BART PD that are investigating this?

Bart January 15, 2019 at 8:06 AM

I think we need to have more cameras to prevent the crimes. Also, we need to install dash cams on all our cars. It increases the chance to record bad guys.
If someone doesn’t know what is it you can read the information here https://dashcamcar.com/what-is-a-dash-cam-recommendations-and-features/

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