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Pleasanton teen identified as victim in fatal stabbing

Police release suspect descriptions, investigating drug deal as possible motive

The Pleasanton Police Department on Friday identified the young man who was stabbed to death during a fight in a hotel parking lot two nights before as 19-year-old Pleasanton resident Jackson Reese Butler.

Investigators also released for the first time descriptions of their two prime suspects in the fatal stabbing, saying they were both young men around the same age as the victim who remained at-large.

Detectives are pursuing a drug deal gone bad as a possible factor, but the motive has not been confirmed yet for what was Pleasanton's first homicide in nearly eight years.

Butler was a former student at Amador Valley High School, who wrestled for the Dons and competed internationally in judo. He had transferred out of the Pleasanton Unified School District during his junior year.

"Our hearts go out to the Butler family and to those who knew him. He is remembered as an incredible young man who was celebrated as a world-class wrestler during his time at Amador," school administrators said in a statement released through the district.

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Butler died at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley after being stabbed multiple times in the parking lot of the Hyatt House Pleasanton on Chabot Drive on Wednesday night (April 15).

Pleasanton police officers arrived at the scene around 8:20 p.m. to find the young man down with critical wounds -- the result of a confrontation that escalated into a stabbing, involving two other people who then fled the scene, Lt. Erik Silacci said in an initial police statement on Thursday.

Police revealed new details about the encounter in a follow-up news release on Friday morning.

Butler -- listed on record as a Pleasanton resident -- was staying in a hotel room at the Hyatt House and went outside to the parking lot at some point that night to meet with individuals whom police have not yet identified, according to Silacci.

"An altercation ensued and Butler was stabbed several times," Silacci said. "Detectives are investigating the possibility of drug sales activity, but this motive has not yet been confirmed."

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Police now have initial descriptions of their two suspects in the fatal stabbing.

One was a black male, 16 to 20 years old, standing 5-foot-6 with a skinny build wearing a gray beanie and black sweatpants. The second suspect was also an African-American male, 16 to 20 years old, standing 5-foot-8 with a medium build, round face and black hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information about the suspects' whereabouts or the case in general can contact Pleasanton police Det. Tony Repetto at 925-931-5288 or [email protected]

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Pleasanton teen identified as victim in fatal stabbing

Police release suspect descriptions, investigating drug deal as possible motive

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Apr 17, 2020, 10:24 am
Updated: Sun, Apr 19, 2020, 6:16 pm

The Pleasanton Police Department on Friday identified the young man who was stabbed to death during a fight in a hotel parking lot two nights before as 19-year-old Pleasanton resident Jackson Reese Butler.

Investigators also released for the first time descriptions of their two prime suspects in the fatal stabbing, saying they were both young men around the same age as the victim who remained at-large.

Detectives are pursuing a drug deal gone bad as a possible factor, but the motive has not been confirmed yet for what was Pleasanton's first homicide in nearly eight years.

Butler was a former student at Amador Valley High School, who wrestled for the Dons and competed internationally in judo. He had transferred out of the Pleasanton Unified School District during his junior year.

"Our hearts go out to the Butler family and to those who knew him. He is remembered as an incredible young man who was celebrated as a world-class wrestler during his time at Amador," school administrators said in a statement released through the district.

Butler died at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley after being stabbed multiple times in the parking lot of the Hyatt House Pleasanton on Chabot Drive on Wednesday night (April 15).

Pleasanton police officers arrived at the scene around 8:20 p.m. to find the young man down with critical wounds -- the result of a confrontation that escalated into a stabbing, involving two other people who then fled the scene, Lt. Erik Silacci said in an initial police statement on Thursday.

Police revealed new details about the encounter in a follow-up news release on Friday morning.

Butler -- listed on record as a Pleasanton resident -- was staying in a hotel room at the Hyatt House and went outside to the parking lot at some point that night to meet with individuals whom police have not yet identified, according to Silacci.

"An altercation ensued and Butler was stabbed several times," Silacci said. "Detectives are investigating the possibility of drug sales activity, but this motive has not yet been confirmed."

Police now have initial descriptions of their two suspects in the fatal stabbing.

One was a black male, 16 to 20 years old, standing 5-foot-6 with a skinny build wearing a gray beanie and black sweatpants. The second suspect was also an African-American male, 16 to 20 years old, standing 5-foot-8 with a medium build, round face and black hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information about the suspects' whereabouts or the case in general can contact Pleasanton police Det. Tony Repetto at 925-931-5288 or [email protected]

Comments

member
another community
on Apr 17, 2020 at 10:39 pm
member, another community
on Apr 17, 2020 at 10:39 pm
24 people like this

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Jeff
Birdland
on Apr 17, 2020 at 11:55 pm
Jeff, Birdland
on Apr 17, 2020 at 11:55 pm
9 people like this

(Portion removed because it referenced a post that was removed) The victim was a great kid. What a loss! My heart goes out to his family.


Lisa
Valley View Elementary School
on Apr 18, 2020 at 1:50 am
Lisa, Valley View Elementary School
on Apr 18, 2020 at 1:50 am
24 people like this

This is truly heartbreaking. He always was a caring and loving person. This is a tragic loss for his family, friends, and larger communities that he touched. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. May they feel support and peace.


urmomz
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 18, 2020 at 5:17 am
urmomz, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 18, 2020 at 5:17 am
66 people like this

For the PW staff who is censoring posts on the thread -

Why do you censor potentially (likely factually) negative information about the victim in this case while allowing posters to repeatedly slander police officers who have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the Bauer threads?

If you're going to censor people, at least apply consistent guidelines.


Kathleen Ruegsegger
Vintage Hills
on Apr 18, 2020 at 7:31 am
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
on Apr 18, 2020 at 7:31 am
13 people like this

I am guessing the reason is because the post I saw included an awful statement about the deceased.


urmomz
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 18, 2020 at 8:32 am
urmomz, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 18, 2020 at 8:32 am
30 people like this

It appears the slander signal is working properly.

“ I am guessing the reason is because the post I saw included an awful statement about the deceased.”

Huh? The comment was pretty tame and added what appears to be solid logic for why he was murdered. People in pleasanton don’t randomly get killed.


Kathleen Ruegsegger
Vintage Hills
on Apr 18, 2020 at 9:00 am
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
on Apr 18, 2020 at 9:00 am
100 people like this

“ . . . Logic for why he was murdered.” First, we don’t know. It’s speculation. Second, you have no idea what this young person’s circumstances might have been. Third, even if the speculation turns out to be true, death is not a “logical” outcome. Fourth, murder is a crime. Fifth, this person has a family and friends, people who loved and cared for him. There is no reason to torture them with unnecessary, unkind, and vicious commentary.

Start another thread and explain your slander comments. They don’t belong here. Thanks.


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