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Middletown grad's alleged shooter in custody

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 9/16/19

Torin Dworchak's alleged shooter, Nathaniel Gabri Acevedo, was taken into custody in Nashville, police say.

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Middletown grad's alleged shooter in custody

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The Harrisburg man who according to city police fired the two shots that killed 18-year-old Torin Dworchak of Middletown has been arrested and is now in custody.

Nathaniel Gabri Acevedo, 20, was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service in Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday, according U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane of the Middle District of Pennsylvania

The U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force learned that Acevedo fled to Nashville.  Monday at about noon, the fugitive investigation led to the 3100 block of Brickdale Lane, where Acevedo was arrested without incident. He was turned over to the Davidson County Jail to await extradition to Pennsylvania.

“It’s the Marshals Services’ duty to ensure that those charged with violent crimes have their day in court. It is my sincere hope that the victim’s family will find some measure of comfort knowing the suspect will face justice,” Pane said.

The USMS Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania is comprised of 20 state, county and local police agencies; including the Harrisburg Bureau of Police, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, the Dauphin County Adult Probation Office, the Swatara Township Police Department and the Lower Paxton Township Police Department — all of whom participated in the arrest.

Last Wednesday, Acevedo and Tyrese Andre Randolph, 18, of the first block of Thomas Street, both were charged with identical counts of murder of the first degree, murder of the second degree, robbery, kidnapping to facilitate a felony, conspiracy to commit robbery, and conspiracy to commit kidnapping to facilitate a felony.

Randolph since his arrest on Sept. 11 has been held without bail in Dauphin County Prison. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 26 before District Judge Hanif L. Johnson Sr.

Acevedo is awaiting setting of a preliminary hearing.

The body of Dworchak, a 2019 Middletown Area High School graduate, was found shortly after 7 a.m. Sept. 5 in the lower parking lot area of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg.

According to city police, Acevedo dumped Dworchak’s body at the site after he shot Dworchak twice in the head and in the face.

Acevedo and Randolph had conspired to rob Dworchak after Dworchak on Sept. 4 had contacted Randolph about “meeting up,” according to arrest papers city police filed with Johnson.

After Dworchak arrived at Randolph’s residence in the first block of Thomas Street in Harrisburg, Acevedo approached Dworchak, pointed a gun at him, and demanded that Dworchak turn over his property, according to police.

The items stolen from Dworchak included his wallet — containing a Visa debit card — his cellphone, and his car, according to arrest papers.

Police say that Acevedo then forced Dworchak into the trunk of Dworchak’s own car. Acevedo and Randolph then got in the front seats of Dworchak’s car, with Acevedo driving.

Police say that Acevedo drove the car to an unknown location in Bellevue Park. He then stopped the car, got out and opened the trunk.

Acevedo confronted Dworchak and fired two shots, striking Dworchak in the head and face, police said. Acevedo then got back in the car and drove away from the area, eventually abandoning the car with Dworchak’s body still in the trunk.

Dworchak’s death was ruled a homicide as a result of multiple gunshot wounds to the face, as determined by Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick following an autopsy of Dworchak that was conducted on Tuesday Sept. 10 by forensic pathologist Dr. Wayne Ross.

Police said that Randolph, in a Sept. 11 interview, told detectives that Acevedo had told Randolph that Acevedo returned to the car on the night of Sept. 4, drove it to the grounds of the museum, and dumped Dworchak’s body where the body was found in the lower parking lot area of the museum.

Acevedo then abandoned Dworchak’s car in another location, police said.

On Sept. 5, police were contacted by Dworchak’s mother, who told them that a debit card issued to Dworchak had been used at various retail locations in Dauphin County. The mother knew this because she had access to Dworchak’s account, police said.

Detectives went to the retail locations and obtained video surveillance showing Acevedo and Randolph using Dworchak’s debit card on Sept. 5.

Police determined that Acevedo and Randolph had used Dworchak’s card to buy two pairs of Disrupter red and white sneakers totaling $99.98, from the Journeys store in the Harrisburg Mall on Sept. 5, according to arrest papers.

Police also viewed surveillance video showing that Acevedo and Randolph had purchased $12 worth of items using Dworchak’s card at 2:39 p.m. on Sept. 5 from the Choice Tobacco Outlet at 2408 Market St. in Harrisburg.

Police obtained consent to search Randolph’s apartment on Thomas Street, where according to arrest papers police found one pair of the sneakers that Acevedo and Randolph had purchased on Sept. 5 using Dworchak’s debit card.

Police in arrest papers said that Dworchak’s family told them of two other purchases made using Dworchak’s card after Dworchak’s body had been found.

One was for $135.95 from New Pine Tree and the other was for $11.37 from Sheetz, according to arrest papers.

Besides the murder charges filed against both men on Sept. 11, Acevedo and Randolph also face additional charges stemming from the unauthorized use of Dworchak’s debit card.

Randolph on Sept. 6 was arraigned before Johnson and charged with two counts of identity theft and four counts of access device issued to another who did not authorize use. A preliminary hearing on those charges is also set for Sept. 26.

On Sept. 10, Acevedo was charged with two counts each of identity theft, access device issued to another who did not authorize use, and receiving stolen property. Acevedo is awaiting setting of a preliminary hearing on those charges.