Williams and Candace Tai Townsel are accused of following 84-year-old Afaf Anis Assad into a Temecula casino bathroom on Aug. 31, fracturing her skull, and stealing her purse, which contained $800-$1,200. Williams and Townsel were arrested on Sept. 3; Assad died from her injuries on Sept. 4.
Leonard himself has not commented on Williams’ arrest, and has not confirmed that the two are related. Local Riverside County paper the Press-Enterprise went to Williams’ home and spoke to her aunt, Denise Woodard, who told the paper that Williams and Leonard are siblings. Woodard did not speak on Williams’ behalf, and also told the paper she didn’t know if Leonard had reached out to the family since Williams was arrested.
Williams’ reported blood relation to Leonard has had an impact on her since her arrest. According to the Press-Enterprise, the Riverside County sheriff’s investigator submitted a written request for Williams to be denied any bail due to her brother’s financial resources.
“Williams has family that are well off and could post her bail of $1,000,000,” the investigator wrote. “I am requesting NO BAIL to assure Williams’ appearance in court and to keep innocent victims safe.”
Leonard does indeed have considerable financial resources — he’s earned more than $80 million over 8 seasons in the NBA, and just signed a $103 million contract with the Clippers — but the status Williams’ and Leonard’s relationship is unknown.
According to the Press-Enterprise, Williams and Townsel were responsible for stealing the wallet of a casino patron in 2015. Williams herself has also been convicted of petty theft, grand theft, grand theft auto, and attempted robbery in the past. She is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 19.
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