Suspect in Maplewood Robbery Attempt Fatally Shot, Police Say

The scene of a Maplewood robbery and homicide. Photo: KSTP
The scene of a Maplewood robbery and homicide.

January 23, 2018 10:25 PM

Maplewood police say one of the two suspects who are believed to have attempted to rob a liquor store Monday night was fatally shot by one of the employees/owner of the business.

That suspect was identified as 23-year-old Willie Young-Ferba, a Chicago resident whom police said is believed to have recently moved to Maplewood.


A release from police said officers were called to Princess Liquors on the 2700 block of Stillwater Road East at around 6:43 p.m. Monday.

According to the release, preliminary investigation indicates two suspects reportedly entered the business with the intent of committing a robbery. During the course of that attempt, the suspects are alleged to have begun assaulting an individual identified as an employee/owner of the business.

Another individual, also identified as an employee/owner of the business, reportedly confronted the suspects and fired a gun, striking Young-Ferba. That employee/owner has a permit to carry a firearm, police said.

The release states both suspects then fled the store, but Young-Ferba was found a short distance away with a gunshot wound. Police officers and other first responders administered emergency medical care before the suspect was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he later died.

The second suspect remains at large, despite a search by Maplewood, Oakdale and St. Paul police. His identity has not yet been revealed.

The employee/owner of the business believed to have been assaulted during the robbery attempt was transported to a local hospital with what were reported as non-life threatening injuries.

The matter remains under investigation.


Frank Rajkowski

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