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Monday, October 25, 2021

Last suspect arrested in connection with fatal drive-by shooting at Woodbury Grade Party

Officers arrested a St. Paul man charged Thursday evening in connection with the drive-by shooting that killed a teenager outside a Woodbury graduation party in June.

Enrique Davila, 23, faces four counts of aiding and abetting in the June 5 death of 14-year-old Demaris Hobbs-Ekdahl, one count of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree assault.

Woodbury Police said in a news release that Davila was arrested from a residence in the 500 block of Brainerd Avenue in St. Paul and held in the Washington County Jail.

Enrique Lucio Davila, 23, of St. Paul was arrested on September 30, 2021 in connection with the June 5 drive-by shooting that killed 14-year-old Demaris Hobbs-Ekdahl. (Courtesy of the Woodbury Public Safety Department)

In August law enforcement officers sought the public’s help in locating Davila, distributing wanted posters containing her photo around St. Paul and on social media.

Another suspect, Jaden Lavan Townsend, 19, turned himself in shortly after the shooting on charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder.

According to court records, at 10 p.m. on June 5, Keith Dawson, 35, of St. Paul’s, received a call from his stepson Demaris, who said he was being threatened by two men at a bachelorette party. Dawson met his stepson at a nearby auto dealership, and they rode in different cars back to the graduation party on Edgewood Drive.

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Dawson reportedly fired a handgun from his SUV at Townsend and Davila, who were parked near an SUV.

The two men reportedly returned fire, and one bullet hit Hobbs-Ekdahl’s back, killing him. Police said shots were fired across the area, targeting homes and cars and intimidating around 35 people in the party.

Dawson, who has a previous felony conviction for another drive-by shooting, is facing felony charges for two counts of drive-by shooting, possessing a gun and assault.

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