‘We’re not asking your name’, Rochester Crime Stoppers field advice for wanted teen

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) — On Tuesday, investigators released a flyer showing a photo and physical description of Salahuddin Floyd Jr., the teenager wanted in connection with the murder of 17-year-old Bryson Simpson.

The police think he’s armed and dangerous, and possibly somewhere in Rochester. “We’re knocking on doors right now,” U.S. Marshal Charles Salina said.

Simpson was shot and killed as he got off a school bus in March. The two teenagers were classmates at Edison High School.

Paul Hawkins, a former FBI agent and president of Rochester Crime Stoppers, says police search for violent criminals every day. His job is to collect tips from the community.

“If you want to clean up your neighborhood, give us a call,” he said.

Not all investigations reach a level where the image and description of the suspect is disclosed.

When this happens, it likely means the agents have been working on the case for a while and are hitting a dead end.

“They have leads and they don’t want to show their hand right away,” Hawkins said. “They want to work on the case, they want to see if they can find the individual. Once they’ve been hard at work for a few weeks and they’re no further along locating that person, that’s when we’re asked to try and reach out to the community.

All tips are completely anonymous. Any information leading to an arrest is rewarded in cash.

“We recently doubled the rewards, particularly for advice on a homicide,” he said.

Only a few investigators will know what the tip itself is; so many things are kept confidential for the security of the caller.

For now, here’s what you need to know:

Floyd Jr may be couch surfing with close friends here in Rochester.

If you have any information, call 911 or Crime Stoppers at (585) 423–9300. You can also submit tips through the P3 Tips app.

Mark M. Gagnon