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Gold Alert Issued for Wesley College Student Missing Since February 12th, 2019

Incident/Complaint#:  50-19-4518

Date/Time:   Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 at approximately 6:21PM

Location:  Wesley College, 120 N. State Street, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer


The Dover Police Department is issuing a Gold Alert while they investigate a missing person.  Erick Acevedo-Palencia (21) was last seen leaving the Malmberg Hall dorm at Wesley College at approximately 6:21PM on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019.  Surveillance footage shows Acavedo-Palencia leaving the dorm and walking towards the nearby intersection of Division Street and Bradford Street.  Acevedo-Palencia was last seen wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, black athletic-type pants with a white stripe, and white sneakers.  He is approximately 6’2″ and 175 pounds, with black hair, and brown eyes.    Erick Acevedo-Palencia has a residence in Wilmington, Delaware as well.

During the investigation, it was learned that Acevedo-Palencia made statements to others that are cause for concern for his health and safety, prompting the Gold Alert.

If anyone has any information that can help investigators locate Acevedo-Palencia, please call 302-736-7111.  

Still image shows Acevedo-Palencia leaving Wesley College’s Malmberg Hall
Erick Acevedo-Palencia


7-11 Robbery Suspect Arrested After Assaulting Clerk with Knife 2-15-2019

Incident/Complaint#:  50-19-4654

Date/Time:   Friday, February 15th, 2019 at 2:54AM

 Location:   7-11, 449 S. New Street, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer


The Dover Police Department arrested Kevin Wayman, Jr. (32) after robbing a 7-11 on Friday morning.  At approximately 2:54AM, Wayman entered the business and dropped a glass bottled beverage to create a distraction.  When the store clerk responded to clean the area, Wayman went behind the counter and removed 2 cartons of Newport cigarettes.  The clerk confronted Wayman and was able to get one of the cartons from him before Wayman fled.  The clerk followed Wayman into the parking lot and Wayman pulled a 4″ pocket knife out and began to struggle with the clerk, cutting him several times in the face.  

Wayman then fled, but was apprehended by patrol officers in the area of Governors Avenue at West North Street.  The store clerk was treated and released for his injuries at a nearby hospital.

Wayman was committed to SCI in default of $59,000 secured bond on the following charges:
-Robbery 1st Degree
-Assault 2nd Degree
-Possession of Deadly Weapon During Commission of Felony
-Carry Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Possession of Deadly Weapon by Person Prohibited
-Theft Under $1,500
-Tampering with Physical Evidence
-Drug Paraphernalia