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Arrest Made in August 8th Shooting Inside of Royal Farms


UPDATE: The Dover Police Department has arrested a suspect in the August 8th shooting that occurred inside of a Royal Farms convenience store.  Stevenson Benoit (31) of Newark, DE, was identified as a suspect during the investigation and detectives obtained warrants for his arrest.  At approximately 6:05 p.m. on September 16th, 2021, Benoit turned himself in at the Dover Police Department.

Benoit was committed to SCI on a $22,000 secured bond on the following offenses:
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Tampering with Physical Evidence
-Conspiracy 2nd Degree

Stevenson Benoît
Newark, DE


Incident Number: 50-21-23445

Date/Time:  Sunday, August 8th, 2021 at 1:59 a.m.

Location: Royal Farms, 295 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Office
Sergeant Mark Hoffman   Email: Mark.Hoffman@cj.state.de.us


The Dover Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred inside of a Royal Farms convenience store.  At approximately 1:59 a.m., officers responded to the business for a report of shots fired.  During interviews with store employees and reviewing video footage, it was determined that two males were engaged in a fight inside of the business.  During the altercation a single shot was heard and everyone fled the business.  While officers were on scene, a 35-year-old male arrived by private vehicle to Bayhealth Kent Campus with a gunshot wound to the right pelvic area. The victim told officers that he was at a local establishment prior to Royal Farms and had no altercations or issues with anyone and that he was randomly confronted at Royal Farms.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7111.  Callers may remain anonymous.  Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com; a cash reward is possible for information leading to an arrest.

Gold Alert for Joseph Press Cancelled







UPDATE:  The Gold Alert for Joseph Press has been cancelled after he was located and returned home.

Incident/Complaint#:  50-21-27969

Date:  Thursday, September 16th, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Location:  900 Block of Schoolhouse Lane, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   Sergeant Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer


The Dover Police Department has issued a Gold Alert for Joseph Press (29).  Press is diagnosed with multiple conditions that could pose a threat to his health and safety if not properly monitored and treated.  Press was last seen leaving his home in the 900 Block of Schoolhouse Lane in Dover at approximately 6:37 p.m. on Thursday, September 16th, 2021.  Press is a white Hispanic male, 5’9″ and approximately 209 pounds with brown hair and black eyes.  Press was last seen wearing black athletic shorts and a black t-shirt with “Roberto Clemente” on the front.    

If you have any information regarding Press’ whereabouts, please call 302-736-7111 or 911 immediately.

Joseph Press