Manatee detectives: 'Person of interest' in drive-by shooting won't talk

jdeleon@bradenton.comAugust 21, 2013 

MANATEE -- A "person of interest" in the drive-by shooting that injured a 4-year-old Bradenton boy July 27 refused to give detectives a statement.

Horatio Papillion, 19, walked into the Manatee County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday afternoon, upset his brother had been named a second "person of interest" and questioning if there was a warrant out for his arrest.

"Horatio showed up with an attorney and did not provide a statement," said sheriff's Detective Darryl Davis.

Detectives searched for Papillion for nearly three weeks and believe he may have been in one of the vehicles in the shooting.

The Sheriff's Office said Tuesday morning it was searching for Davian Evans-Dufrene, 21, also believed to have also been in the car. The two men are half-brothers.

"It is frustrating. This kid is an innocent victim and someone should help," Davis said. "I know someone knows what happened."

Davien Martinez was shot in the head July 27 when a stray bullet entered his bedroom as people in two vehicles heading southbound on 26th Street West in Bradenton exchanged gunfire.

After three weeks of treatment at All Children's hospital in St. Petersburg, the boy came home Saturday to recuperate from his injuries. Doctors are unsure if Davien will regain vision in his right eye and partial hearing loss in one ear.

Davien was in bed with his mother, Diana Lopez, at the time of the shooting and she quickly rolled him off when she heard the shots. To her shock, however, her little boy had been shot in the head.

Doctors removed part of his skull under his forehead to ease the swelling and then replaced it using metal plates and screws.

Lopez has been at Davien's side since the shooting and is optimistic there will be a break in the case.

"I have faith that something is going to happen," Lopez said.

Anyone with information about the shooting and/or whereabouts of Evans-Dufrene can call Detective Darryl Davis at 941-747-3011, ext. 2535, or CrimeStoppers at 866-634-TIPS.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049.

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