Home Invasion Suspect Arrested After Police Receive Tip 11-20-14
Update: Erick Wyatte was taken into custody by the Dover Police Department, after receiving an anonymous tip through the department Facebook page. Police learned that Wyatte was in an apartment in the 700 Block of Bacon Avenue just before 8:00PM. Members of the Dover Police Patrol Unit, Street Crimes Unit, and the Drugs, Vice, and Organized Crime Unit (DVOC) responded to the area and attempted to contact Wyatte at the residence, but the resident (Latoya Clark, 27), refused to allow officers to check the home. Officer’s left the residence, but stayed in the area as DVOC officers monitored the home. DVOC officer’s later observed a black male exit the residence and flee eastbound on foot. The suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a black backpack, and a dread-lock wig to conceal his identity. Officer’s from the Street Crimes Unit and Patrol unit immediately set up a perimeter in a small patch of woods where it was believed Wyatte was hiding. A K9 unit from the Capitol Police Department responded to assist in the search. The K9 tracked along a hedgerow and located the dread-lock wig at the rear of a residence in the 800 block of Bacon Avenue, where Street Crimes Unit officers observed a subject peering out of a second floor window of the home. Officer’s contacted the home owner and located Erick Wyatte inside the residence, where he was taken into custody without incident at 9:08PM. Latoya Clark was also arrested and charged with Hindering Prosecution. Wyatte was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in default of $271,000 Secured Bond. Please see original narrative and photo of Wyatte below.
The Dover Police Department is thankful for the assistance provided by the Capitol Police K9 Unit and the tip received by an anonymous citizen.
Incident #: 50-14-30975 Date: November 15, 2014, 10:48PM
Location: 700 Block of Bacon Avenue, Dover
The Dover Police Department is seeking a 27-year-old Dover man in connection with a home invasion on Saturday, November 15th. According to the male (29) and female (38) victims, Erick Wyatte kicked the exterior door open and entered their apartment. Awaken by their dog, the victims walked into their living room, where they observed Wyatte standing at the top of the steps with a black handgun. Wyatte demanded money, but fled after being approached by the male victim. A short time later, a responding officer observed Wyatte near the victim residence. Wyatte fled from the officer, and was unable to be taken into custody. However, Wyatte dropped his wallet while running. Inside of the wallet was his Delaware State Identification Card as well, further verifying his identity.
Officer releasing this information:
Cpl. Mark Hoffman
Public Information Officer