Bay Area rapper Mac Minister, who has appeared on albums by West Coast artists including Snoop Dogg and JT the Bigga Figga, was apprehended by the FBI and San Francisco Police Thursday night, according to authorities. Minister (born Andre Dow) had been a fugitive from the law since November following indictments for the murders of Kansas City, Missouri, rap artists Anthony "Fat Tone" Watkins and Jermaine "Cowboy" Akins.
Watkins and Akins were found dead in Las Vegas in May. Police have theorized that Mac killed the two men in retaliation for the murder of Vallejo, California, rapper Andre "Mac Dre" Hicks, who was shot dead in Kansas City in November 2004. Dre, a convicted bank robber, turned his life around in the 1990s to devote himself to rap. He became the leader of the Bay Area's feel-good Thizz movement, which continues to grow.
On Thursday, the FBI received a tip that Mac Minister, who was profiled on "America's Most Wanted" in February, was hiding out in a San Francisco apartment. Federal authorities called in local police to help with his capture. A San Francisco S.W.A.T. team arrived on the scene around 6:30 p.m. After some resistance, Mac Minister was detained at approximately 7:30 p.m.