Police are seeking
to question Andre “Mac Minister” Dow and two other people in connection
with the murder of Anthony “Fat Tone” Watkins, a rapper who along
with an associate, was found dead in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Watkins, 24 and Jermaine Akins, 22, were found shot to death
on Monday (May 23) near an upscale housing development being constructed in
A security guard spotted a car with its headlights on in a secluded
area. One body was discovered in the vehicle, while another was found nearby.
Dow, aka Mac Minister has recorded with rappers such as Mac
Dre, E-40, Yukmouth and other Bay Area rappers.
In 2000, Dow grabbed headlines when he was involved in an altercation
with rapper E-40 during The Source Awards.
Police are exploring several theories, including robbery as
a possible motive, as Watkins and Akins had allegedly won large amounts of money
after gambling at a casino.
Investigators in the murder of Bay area rapper Andre “Mac
Dre” Hicks believed Watkins had pertinent information about the murder
of Hicks, who was gunned down in November of 2004.
Watkins was never officially named a suspect.
In 2003, Watkins was shot multiple times while riding in an
SUV with rappers C-BO and other rappers, who were also wounded in the shooting.
“We was in a clean ass Excursion, sitting on 24’s
and sh*t,” C-BO told AllHipHop.com in October of 2004. “They shot
every window out of that muthaf*cka. They sprayed the fully [automatic weapon]
and sh*t, you know what I mean.”
Watkins sustained the most serious injuries in the shooting,
while C-BO and the other occupants were wounded by flying glass.
“Fat Tone [Watkins] got hit in the back, right below his
neck,” C-BO said. “He got hit in the ribs, and one of his lungs
In October of 2004, gunmen allegedly shot at Watkins while he
was leaving a Kansas City nightclub.
Hicks [Mac Dre] was gunned down shortly afterwards in November of 2004.
Hicks was traveling in a white van in the early morning of November 1, when
gunmen pulled along side and sprayed the passenger side with gunfire.
The driver of the vehicle swerved and crashed and Hicks was
pronounced dead at the scene.
While the trio are not suspects, police believe
Dow, 34, Tanisha Aaron, 27; and Jason Mathis, 24, may have information on Watkins
and Akins murders.