For Immediate Release
September 24, 2020
TROY, NY – Deputy Police Chief Daniel DeWolf issued the following update on the Ayshawn Davis homicide investigation:
“Today we have some very good news regarding the Ayshawn Davis homicide investigation. The hard work of the Troy Police Department with the help of other law enforcement agencies and in particular the NYSP Special Investigations Unit – Troop G has paid off with the arrest of a suspect. Today, at around 11:30 am, Troy Detectives arrested Jahquay E. Brown for Murder 2nd degree. Brown is being processed at this time and a formal reading of the charges will be stated at his arraignment. Brown has been interviewed by Detectives and a search warrant of his home in Cohoes has been executed. A handgun was located at Brown’s residence and has been taken as evidence. It is believed that the weapon found may have been used in the crime. We are awaiting testing of the firearm.
“I cannot express enough the pride and gratitude we feel for the dogged and determined work of the Officers, Detectives and fellow law enforcement agencies that made this arrest possible. Thank you to the media for keeping the tragic death of Ayshawn relevant and in the news.
“The Troy Police Department cares deeply for the community it serves and we thank them for the support the citizens of Troy show to our members. The investigation is continuing and updates will provided when appropriate.”
Mayor Patrick Madden issued the following statement following the arrest announcement on Thursday afternoon:
“We’re relieved to learn of the arrest of a suspect in the shooting death of 11-year-old Ayshawn Davis. From the moment this investigation began, the Troy Police Department has worked continuously to track down those involved with this shocking crime.
“I extend my sincerest thanks to the entire Troy Police Department—from detectives, patrol, evidence technicians, and command staff— and our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, specifically the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit, for their assistance on this case. Considerable resources & support were brought to this investigation that were critical in today’s arrest.
“To Ayshawn’s parents, siblings, and extended family: I know that this does not repair the hole that has been torn in your lives. But I do hope that you take some measure of comfort in this development as we work to bring those responsible for Ayshawn’s death to earthly justice.”