my dad works at 850 (850 bryant, the SF jail, for those who don't know) and he knows i like bay area rap, so he told me about this inmate he has in jail right now. i don't think i've ever heard of this guy before, but the story is pretty interesting.
Long-sought promoter denies killings
Rap promoter Andre Dow is a shrewd businessman, but not the killer of two men as authorities have alleged, his lawyer said Friday in response to Dow's arrest the day before in San Francisco.
After months of evading police, Dow, 35, was arrested by the FBI and San Francisco police on a federal warrant of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Also known as "Mac Minister," Dow was indicted in Las Vegas in November for the shooting deaths of two Kansas City men.
He is also being investigated for the slaying of a 21-year-old woman who might have witnessed the Las Vegas shootings.
"He maintains that the circumstances that he's faced with are more the result of his braggadocio than any evidence," attorney Eric Safire said. "This kind of publicity sells records."
But Las Vegas police believe Dow and a friend, Jason Mathis, killed rapper Anthony "Fat Tone" Watkins, 24, and Jermaine "Cowboy" Akins, 22, in May in retaliation for the death of Vallejo's Andre Hicks, 34, who enjoyed success as underground rap artist "Mac Dre."
Mathis, 26, was arrested July 12 and has pleaded not guilty to the charges. According to his arrest warrant, Mathis admitted to a friend that he had shot Watkins and Akins to avenge Hicks, who was gunned down on a Kansas City freeway in May 2004.
Rumors in the underground hip-hop community linked Watkins to Hicks' death, but Kansas City police have cleared Watkins of wrongdoing.
Fairfield police are also investigating Dow in connection to the shooting death of Lee Danae Laursen, 21.
"At this point, he is an investigative lead," Sgt. John Dugan said. "Obviously, we're looking at him, but no charges are being pursued yet."
Laursen, who might have worked as a prostitute for Mathis, was shot in the head on Nov. 4 in Fairfield. She reportedly was with Dow and Mathis in Las Vegas when Watkins and Akins were slain.
"She was a key witness to the double homicide in Las Vegas," Dugan said.
Surveillance cameras captured Dow, Watkins and Akins walking out of a hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Las Vegas police believe Watkins and Akins were killed less than two hours later.
They were found dead inside a vehicle. Watkins had about 20 bullet holes in him, and Atkins had 13.
Authorities arrested Dow following a brief verbal standoff in front of an apartment at 49 Townsend St. A woman at first refused to let FBI agents and police officers into the apartment, but they gained entry after about an hour and found Dow hiding inside, police Sgt. Neville Gittens said.
The woman, Taniisa Aaron, 28, was arrested for harboring a fugitive.
Dow is being held in the city jail and will probably face a hearing next week to decide if he will be extradited to Las Vegas, Gittens said.