Skip to main content

Final suspect in Woodbury shootout that killed 14-year-old boy is arrested

One of the suspects evaded police for nearly four months.
Demaris Hobbs-Ekdahl

Demaris Hobbs-Ekdahl

The fourth and final suspect sought in connection to a drive-by shootout that killed a 14-year-old boy in Woodbury on June 5 has been arrested. 

Enrique Lucio Davila, 24, was arrested on the 500 block of Brainerd Avenue in St. Paul on an outstanding felony arrest warrant, the Woodbury Police Department said Thursday. 

"Woodbury police detectives worked tirelessly to track Davila down, and we hope that Davila's arrest brings some small comfort to those affected by the tragic death of 14-year-old Demaris Hobbs-Ekdahl," the Woodbury Police Department said in a news release. 

Davila was booked into the Washington County Jail on Thursday and was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Friday morning. He is charged with one count of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and four counts of aiding and abetting second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Davila is among the four people charged in connection to the shooting on the 6100 block of Edgewood Road in Woodbury that killed Hobbs-Ekdahl

The others charged are: 

  • Keith Dawson, 35, of St. Paul, who is Hobbs-Ekdahl's stepfather, is charged with two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, as well as dangerous weapons-drive-by shooting and possession of ammo/any firearm after a conviction.
  • Jaden Lavan Townsend, 19, of St. Paul, is charged via warrant with aiding and abetting second-degree murder, and four counts of aiding and abetting second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
  • A 17-year-old boy from Oakdale is charged as a juvenile with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and four counts of aiding and abetting second-degree assault.

According to the criminal complaints, Hobbs-Ekdahl, his brother, and two other witnesses were at a graduation party on Edgewood Avenue the night of June 5 and were having problems with the 17-year-old suspect and Townsend, so they called Dawson for help, Hobbs-Ekdahl's brother told investigators. 

The group of four left the party and drove to a nearby car dealership where they met Dawson, who said they needed to go back to the party so the suspects would stop messing with them, the charges state. The four got back into their car and followed Dawson, who was driving a Tahoe, back to the graduation party. 

Hobbs-Ekdahl's brother told investigators Dawson drove slowly by a dark-colored SUV and they followed closely behind. The 17-year-old suspect, Townsend and Davila were outside the SUV, court documents allege.

Hobbs-Ekdahl's brother said Dawson fired toward the three other suspects and the suspects returned fire, charges say. He tried to get out of the area quickly and as he fled, Hobbs-Ekdahl told him he'd been shot.

The group of four and Dawson fled the scene and at some point, they stopped and the group got into the Tahoe to drive Hobbs-Ekdahl to Regions Hospital. On the way there, police spotted the Tahoe, which fled. Police caught up with the vehicle at the hospital. 

Hobbs-Ekdahl died at about 11:12 p.m., about 30 minutes after police were called to the shooting scene. 

The complaint says the car Hobbs-Ekdahl was in had a bullet hole on the rear license plate, noting the bullet traveled through the trunk and backseat cushion to where Hobbs-Ekdahl was sitting. The bullet entered his body on the right dorsal torso, perforating his right lung, heart and aorta before exiting his left thoracic cavity and getting lodged into his left upper arm, the Ramsey Medical Examiner's Office found during the autopsy. 

Hobbs-Ekdahl died of blood loss due to the gunshot wound. 

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Police found 40 shell casings in the front yard of the home where the graduation party was being held. There were bullet holes in several homes and vehicles in the area, charges state. 

In an interview with police, Dawson said his 14-year-old stepson called him and said he and his brother were getting robbed and needed help, the complaint states.  Dawson admitted he took his gun and drove to the home and fired the first shots toward people he thought were "messing with his kids."

He told investigators, according to charges, that he "pulled up" on the group and fired 6-7 shots before he heard return gunfire. 

Dawson was convicted of first-degree burglary on June 28, 2013, so he is ineligible to possess a firearm.

The three other suspects were initially charged via warrant as police hadn't yet located them. All four suspects have now been arrested, police said. 

Next Up

Winter scene snow storm snowfall highway driving traffic - Joe Nelson Feb 2022 4

Winter storm warning for Twin Cities: 6+ inches possible

The heaviest snow could move through the Twin Cities.

police lights

Carver man charged after standoff with police in Prior Lake

The man had been fleeing from police when he allegedly broke into a home and the standoff ensued.


41-year-old Sherburne County man killed after crashing car into ditch

The crash occurred Sunday night in Palmer Township.

Screen Shot 2022-11-28 at 4.01.10 PM

Around 200 rescued after ice breaks free on Upper Red Lake

Red Lake — both Upper and Lower — is the largest freshwater lake in the state.

Screen Shot 2022-11-28 at 9.38.30 AM

St. Paul featured on Hallmark Channel's 'Christmas Cam' livestream

Downtown's dazzling display can be viewed from anywhere in the world.


Charges: Drunk driver almost struck Bemidji parade spectators

The man told police he was trying to attend the parade himself.


The SCHEELS Experience

Whether looking for reliable hunting and fishing gear or new clothing and shoes, Eden Prairie SCHEELS is a one-stop shopping experience for the whole family.


Charges: Man fatally shot ex's new partner as he dined at Bloomington restaurant

Criminal charges filed Monday detail an alleged motive in the shooting.


Metallica to perform 2 nights in Minneapolis on 2023-24 World Tour

The heavy metal rock band returns to the state for the first time since 2018.

snow, plow

Tuesday storm to dump plowable snow in Minnesota

Snow should reach the Twin Cities Tuesday morning and fall throughout the day.


Demaris Hobbs-Ekdahl

Police: Stepfather involved in shootout that killed boy in Woodbury

Police provided an extensive update to the investigation.

Autumn Merrick, Autumn Rose Merrick

Man charged in shootout, crash that killed 18-year-old on scooter

Autumn Rose Merrick was with a friend near the Holiday gas station.

Demaris Hobbs-Ekdahl

14-year-old killed in shooting near Woodbury graduation party

"Washington County Dispatchers could hear several people screaming on the 911 call."

st. paul shooting

Witnesses help identify suspect in St. Paul shooting

The shooting happened near a gas station and bus shelter Thursday just before 1 p.m.

police tape, crime scene

After 17-year-old killed in Brooklyn Park, shooting breaks out at his memorial

The boy was killed hours before a "large group" was shooting at each other.

Ryan Bialke

Red Lake man indicted for first-degree murder in police officer's killing

He's accused of killing officer Ryan Bialke on July 27.

police tape, crime scene

16-year-old boy killed in St. Louis County is ID'd

The suspect has not yet been arrested.

Kelly Kocurek (1)

Man charged with killing girlfriend in MN hotel is arrested in Arizona

Kelly Kocurek was found unresponsive in a hotel room. She died five days later.