Two arrested for homicide in case of body found smoldering in Genesee Valley Park

Imani Williams and Syjesman Brown, Jr. (Photos: RPD)

Rochester, N.Y. - Two people have been arrested and charged with second degree murder for a homicide in May of this year.

On May 27, police were called to the area pedestrian bridge in Genesee Valley Park for a person on fire. There, they found the body of David Jones.

Thursday, Rochester Police announced the arrests of Imani Williams and Syjesman Brown, Jr. Both have been charged with second degree murder.

Williams has also been charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child following the execution of search warrants earlier this week.

Police say the additional charges against Williams stemmed from the recovery of a loaded .22 caliber rifle and fentanyl at 92 Rauber Street. They say the child endangerment charged stemmed from the gun being in an unsecured location and an oven being left on with the door open. Police say these elements created a hazardous situation for her 12-year-old son and two-year-old niece, who were both home at the time.

Brown was arrested on November 20 after being released from the Genesee County Jail. He had been serving 30 days for criminal impersonation and a parole violation, and was arrested immediately upon his release. He was sent back to Genesee County Jail on a charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance, stemming from a traffic stop in LeRoy in October.

Police say Brown was on parole, stemming from a 2016 drug conviction.

Williams is being held at the Monroe County Jail on $20,000 cash and $60,000 bond. She is scheduled to be arraigned Friday. Brown’s arraignment date was not immediately available.

The RPD Major Crimes Unit said the arrests were made possible with the help of members of the New York State Police, the State Division of Parole, the FBI and the RPD Tactical Unit and Special Investigations Section.

This is a developing story. 13WHAM will provide updates as they become available.

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