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APD Media Release 03/20/14

Annapolis Police Arrests Homicide Suspects

Annapolis Police detectives arrested two suspects in the 2013 killing of John Ray on March 16th and 18th closing Annapolis’ only unsolved murder from last year.

Tahzay Brown, 24, of Glen Burnie was arrested on March 16th and charged with first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault, armed robbery, use of a firearm in a violent crime, handgun possession, and theft under $10,000.  After initially being held without bond, Tahzay Brown was released from the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on $500,000 bail following a hearing.  Todd Brown, 25, of Annapolis was arrested on March 18th and charged with the same offenses as Tahzay Brown.  Todd Brown is being held at the County Detention Center without bond.

On April 21, 2013 officers responded to the 200 block of Victor Parkway for a report of a possible shooting.  Officers found John Ray, 32, of Huntingtown in a vehicle.  John Ray had been shot and died at the scene.  Through investigation Annapolis Police Department detectives determined that Tahzay Brown and Todd Brown are responsible for the murder of John Ray.  The detectives worked to solve this case as a non-stop priority merging video surveillance, phone evidence, and significant help from the community. 

These latest arrests underscore the Department’s continued progress in reducing violence in Annapolis.  For the last three years violent crime has declined to levels not seen since the 1979.       

“Both arrests are the result of exemplary police work and true community partnership,” said Police Chief Michael Pristoop.  “My continued promise to the people of Annapolis is that our department will use every resource available to continue to make our city safer and send a very clear message to those individuals who bring violence to our communities that they will be held accountable.” 

Anyone with information about this homicide is urged to contact Detective Charles Bealefeld 410-268-9000 ext. 7299 or  

Tahzay Brown, 24, of Glen Burnie

Todd Brown, 25, of Annapolis


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