Police: Man live-streams Wilkes-Barre assault

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
Madison -

WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested a man they say live-streamed himself chasing another man with a knife in the South Main Plaza on Saturday, according to court records.

Police learned of the video allegedly recorded by Gerald Garcia Madison, 46, while interviewing the victim and a witness.

Madison allegedly recorded himself stalking the victim, eating a cheeseburger and dancing in front of his vehicle, police said.

According to the criminal complaint:

The victim told police he was walking with his son in the plaza when he heard loud rap music coming from a vehicle. When he turned, he spotted Madison charging at him with a knife.

Police said the victim reported pushing his son out of the way and ran from Madison.

Madison continued to charge at the victim, trying to slash his back with a knife, the complaint says.

A woman told police she was inside a beauty supply store when she spotted her mother’s ex-boyfriend, Madison, chasing her fiancee in the parking lot.

Police were told Madison allegedly recorded a video of the incident he posted live on Facebook.

Police said the video shows Madison driving around in sport utility vehicle and eating a cheeseburger in the plaza’s parking lot. Madison recorded the victim walking into the beauty supply store.

Madison set up the camera inside the SUV that continued to stream live on Facebook. He exited the vehicle, began dancing and walked toward the supply store while holding an object in his hand, the complaint says.

Police said the camera recorded Madison chasing the victim through the parking lot. Madison returned to his vehicle and is recorded driving away as he sticks the camera out the window to record the victim and witness following him.

Madison was arraigned Saturday night by District Judge Daniel O’Donnell in Sugarloaf on four counts of harassment, three counts of stalking, two counts each of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, and one count each of aggravated assault and terroristic threats. He remained jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail pending further proceedings.


By Ed Lewis

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