The Pleasanton Police Department is continuing to investigate the fatal stabbing of Pleasanton native Jackson Reese Butler in a local hotel parking lot nearly two weeks ago.
Two other Tri-Valley teens were arrested on suspicion of multiple felonies related to the crime, but neither were charged with killing Butler -- though a police spokesman told the Weekly that more charges could be coming soon and both arrestees "were directly involved in this homicide."
"We are waiting on some evidence processing. When that is complete, the case will be presented to the DA and there will most likely be some additional and/or changes to the charges," Pleasanton police Lt. Erik Silacci said.
Police arrested 19-year-old Isaiah Joseph Howard and a 17-year-old boy whose name has not been revealed on April 21 on suspicion of multiple charges in connection with the fatal stabbing of Butler in the parking lot of the Hyatt House Pleasanton on Chabot Drive on the night of April 15. It marked the city's first homicide in nearly eight years.
Howard, who was booked into the Santa Rita Jail on suspicion of accessory to murder and concealment or destruction of evidence, has been released from custody after posting bail, according to Silacci. Howard was listed as a 2019 graduate of Amador Valley High School.
The 17-year-old boy was booked into Alameda County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy on Tuesday, according to the lieutenant -- who said he had no update on the custodial status of the juvenile suspect. Police have withheld the teen's name, citing his age.
Both arrestees have ties and/or addresses in Dublin and Pleasanton, Silacci said.
Investigators are still working to determine the circumstances and motive for the killing.
The fatal encounter unfolded around 8:20 p.m. April 15 in the parking lot of the Hyatt House, where Butler was staying. The young man went outside that night to meet two people, but a confrontation ensued and escalated to the point that Butler was stabbed multiple times, according to Silacci.
Butler was transported with critical injuries to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, where he later died.
A Pleasanton native, 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.
Detectives are still working to determine the motive. Silacci said during the week of the homicide that police were "investigating the possibility of drug sales activity" but that motive had not been confirmed to that point.
The two individuals involved in Butler's stabbing death fled the hotel parking lot that night. Subsequent investigation led to Howard and the 17-year-old boy being arrested for direct involvement in the killing, though no homicide charges have been filed to date.
Anyone with additional information about the case is urged to call Det. Repetto at 931-5288.