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July 23, 2014

NBA player Matt Barnes uses social media to hunt Sacramento aunt’s murder suspect

Sacramento Police said suspect Michael Lee Williams is believed to still be in the south Sacramento area

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NBA player Matt Barnes has taken to social media to help find the suspect in the killing of his aunt, who was stabbed on a Sacramento street:

“This dude stabbed my auntie in the neck last week & left her for dead on the sidewalk, she ended up dying on the way to the hospital in the ambulance. If you hv any info on his where abouts contact the #SacPD”

Barnes asked for help from his 262,000 followers on Twitter to find Michael Lee Williams, 51, suspected of stabbing Tanganyika Williams, 48, on July 8. Barnes posted two pictures of Michael Williams, whom police describe as a transient.

Sacramento Police Department spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante, said Williams is believed to still be in the south Sacramento area. He reportedly was last seen Monday near Stockton Boulevard and 65th Street wearing a white T-shirt and black pants. Gigante said he was spotted going into a building and was wearing a “face covering” in an apparent effort to conceal his identity.

Williams is described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighing about 220 pounds, with brown eyes and hair that is a little longer than shown in photos. Anyone who spots him is advised not to approach him, but to call police.

Gigante urged people who think they might have seen Williams or know where he might be to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357, or text a tip to 274637 and enter SACTIP, followed by the tip information. Those who provide information through Crime Alert can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

“Any information is good information for us,” Gigante said. “We investigate every tip.”

Family members say they believe Tanganyika Williams had gone to see Michael Williams, her estranged husband, when she was stabbed.

She was found shortly before 8 a.m. July 8 on the sidewalk near 24th Street and Meadowview Road with a stab wound to the upper body and later died.

The Los Angeles Clippers forward’s roots run deep in the Sacramento area, and he remains in contact with his Sacramento relatives. He starred at Del Campo High School on the basketball court and the football field.

Taquita Lugo, the daughter of Tanganyika Williams, said that the post by her cousin has prompted several calls from fans hoping to speak to him.

But she said she also has gotten tips related to Michael Williams’ possible whereabouts. She gave the tips to police.

“People have been seeing him since the very beginning,” hanging out in the neighborhood, said Lugo, a Sacramento resident. “We know he is still here.”

Oklahoma Department of Corrections online records indicate that Michael Williams was convicted of shooting with intent to kill on Feb. 6, 1992. He served about 13 years before being released in 2005. A 1991 news report in the Daily Oklahoman about a man with the same name says he shot his then mother-in-law in the face during an argument. The woman survived.

Read also:
•  Police identify woman’s estranged husband as suspect in Meadowview stabbing
•  City Beat: Can Meadowview’s 24th Street reverse its grim history?

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