Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that a 16-year-old male from St. Paul*, has been charged** with Riot in the First Degree and Assault in the Second Degree in connection with the shooting incident in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Inver Grove Heights that resulted in the death of 19-year-old Billy Ray Robles of St. Paul and also resulted in a second individual being shot in the ankle. A motion has been filed to certify both of this individual as an adult for purposes of prosecution. This is the third juvenile charged in connection with this case.
Previously a 17-year-old male and another 16-year-old male were charged with these same crimes. The 17-year-old has yet to be arrested and a warrant remains outstanding for his arrest.
Additional facts can be obtained from the redacted juvenile petition filed in connection with this matter, A previous news release can be viewed at: County Attorney News Releases.
Backstrom said that the third juvenile charged by this juvenile court petition was the second individual who was shot in the ankle and fled the scene prior to police stopping the car and transporting him to Regions Hospital. He was charged on April 11, 2018, was arrested on April 12th, and made his first court appearance on April 13th.
Backstrom stated that the investigation into this matter is continuing with the goal of identifying all individuals involved and who fired the fatal shot. Additional charges are possible.
Backstrom expressed his sympathy to the family and friends of Billy Ray Robles.
Backstrom thanked the Inver Grove Heights Police Department for their investigation into this matter, which was initially assisted by multiple law enforcement agencies.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.
*It is the policy of the Dakota County Attorney’s Office not to release the names of juveniles charged with felonies until they are certified to stand trial as adults.
**Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.