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New Year’s Eve carjacking in South St. Paul leads to police standoff
A New Year’s Eve carjacking in South St. Paul that included a crash with a police squad car and a standoff at a home, ended with two men charged in connection to the incident.
Enrique Davila, 19, and 27-year-old Miguel Rea were charged on Jan. 4 with one count each of first-degree aggravated robbery. Rea was also charged with fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle.
According to a press release, at approximately 6:25 p.m. on Dec. 31, South St. Paul police officers responded to a report of a carjacking in the 400 block of Camber Avenue.
A woman reported she was forced from her vehicle by two male suspects who were armed with a handgun.
At approximately 6:39 p.m. that same night, an officer located the stolen vehicle traveling near Babcock Trail and 50th Street East in Inver Grove Heights. The driver fled in the vehicle and officers pursued the suspects.
Police chased the men through five cities: Inver Grove Heights, St. Paul, Mendota Heights, West St. Paul and South St. Paul.
Around 7 p.m., the suspects collided with a South St. Paul Police squad car. The suspects left the vehicle in the 500 block of First Avenue South and ran off.
Officers set up a perimeter and began searching for the suspects. According to the press release, witnesses reported seeing the suspects enter a residence in the 400 block of Camber Avenue and notified officers.
Officers then surrounded the residence and attempted to convince the men to surrender.
The Dakota County Mutual Aid Assistance Group was called to provide tactical team assistance after they refused to exit the residence. After several hours, one of the men along with the other occupants of the residence surrendered and exited without incident.
The second suspect refused to comply and the tactical team entered the residence and took him into custody shortly after midnight.
There were no reported injuries to the suspects or officers involved.
Officers from the Inver Grove Heights Police Department, West St. Paul Police Departments, Mendota Heights Police Department, St. Paul Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol assisted in the pursuit and the search for the men.
Bail for Rea was set at $250,000, Davila’s bail was set at $200,000.
First-degree aggravated robbery carries a maximum sentence of 20 years a fine of up to $35,000 or both. Fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle carries a maximum sentence of three years, a fine up to $5,000, or both.
Davila’s next court appearance is Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. in Hastings, and his trial begins on April 17. Rea’s next appearance will be on Jan. 25 at 1:30 p.m. in Hastings. His trial starts on March 20.
Hannah Burlingame can be reached at 651-748-7824 or hburlingame@lillie news.com.