DUBLIN – Two townspeople, a man and a woman, have been arrested for the murder of Alexander Mark Antonyyo Jr., the popular Bay Area rapper known as Lil Yase, authorities have said.
Jovante Williams and Angel Butler, both 28, were arrested Tuesday on a murder warrant, police said. Alameda County prosecutors will decide to charge one or both of them on Thursday. The alleged motive is apparently personal, not something related to Antonyyo’s public figure; Police said he was romantically involved with Butler, who was also dating Williams.
Antonyyo was shot dead in the early morning of November 28, on the 5100 block of Iron Horse Parkway in Dublin. He left his San Francisco home a few hours earlier, allegedly to meet Butler, who lived with Williams less than a block from the homicide scene. Police say they are still investigating whether the scheduled date was a setup.
Butler and Williams have been identified as suspects based on unusual evidence, according to the Dublin Police Cpt. Nate Schmidt: Antonyyo allegedly made a “death declaration” at a hospital which ultimately led police to the two arrested. Crime scene technicians also found DNA on a shell casing of the weapon used to shoot Antonyyo which was linked not to either of the suspects but to the child. that they shared, Schmidt said.
“We have been in close contact with the immediate family of the victim… we are happy to be able to come to some sort of conclusion for them,” Schmidt said.
When Antonyyo was shot, police did not learn of the murder until after he was hospitalized in nearby Pleasanton, according to media at the time. He died after being transferred to a hospital in Castro Valley. Police later discovered the alleged crime scene in Dublin and now believe Antonyyo drove from San Francisco to the East Bay neighborhood and was standing outside his car when he was hit by gunshots. fire.
It is not known whether Williams or Butler are suspected of firing the fatal shots. Schmidt did not reveal exactly what Antonyyo said before his death which led to the arrests.