Latest suspect arrested in connection with speeding car shooting at Woodbury grad party – Twin Cities

Authorities on Thursday night arrested a St. Paul man accused of being in connection with the drive-by shooting that killed a teenager outside a Woodbury graduation party in June.

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

Woodbury Police said in a news release that Davila was arrested at a home in the 500th block of Brainerd Street in St. Paul and has been booked into the Washington County Jail.

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

Law enforcement officials in August requested public assistance in locating Davila, distributing wanted posters showing his picture 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, received a call from his stepson, Demaris, who said he was threatened by two men at a graduation party. Dawson met his son-in-law at a nearby auto shop, and drove in separate cars to the graduation party on Edgewood Drive.

Dawson allegedly fired a pistol from his SUV toward Townsend and Davila, who were standing next to the SUV.

The two men allegedly returned fire, and Hobbs’ bullet hit Ekdal in the back, killing him. Police said bullets were scattered around the area, hitting homes and cars, terrifying about 35 people at the party.

Dawson, who was previously convicted of another drive-by shooting, faces criminal charges of drive-by shooting, possession of a handgun, and two counts of assault.

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