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Dworchak murder suspect extradited from Tennessee, preliminary hearing set

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 10/4/19

An Oct. 17 preliminary hearing has been set for Nathaniel Gabri Acevedo, the man whom police say fired the shots that killed 18-year old Torin Dworchak of Middletown on Sept. 4.

The hearing is …

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Dworchak murder suspect extradited from Tennessee, preliminary hearing set

Nathaniel Gabri Acevedo
Nathaniel Gabri Acevedo
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An Oct. 17 preliminary hearing has been set for Nathaniel Gabri Acevedo, the man whom police say fired the shots that killed 18-year old Torin Dworchak of Middletown on Sept. 4.

The hearing is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. before District Judge Hanif L. Johnson Sr., according to online court records.

Acevedo has been extradited from Tennessee. He fled there after Harrisburg police Sept. 11 put out a warrant for his arrest on charges of murder of the first degree, murder of the second degree, robbery, kidnapping to facilitate a felony, conspiracy to commit robbery, and conspiracy to kidnap to facilitate a felony.

Acevedo was arraigned on the charges before District Judge George A. Zozos on Oct. 3, according to online court records. He is being held in Dauphin County Prison without bail.

Dworchak was a 2019 graduate of Middletown Area High School.

According to arrest papers filed by Harrisburg police, Acevedo, 20, of Harrisburg, and Tyrese Andre Randolph, 19, of the first block of Thomas Street in Harrisburg, conspired to rob Dworchak after Dworchak on Sept. 4 had contacted Randolph about getting together.

Dauphin County Senior Deputy District Attorney Stephen Zawisky told the Press & Journal that he believes Randolph and Dworchak were friends, and that Dworchak had gone to meet with Randolph and “hang out.”

Zawisky said he does not want people to speculate that this is a drug deal gone bad, because he says he is “certain” it is not.

Acevedo robbed Dworchak at gunpoint and then forced Dworchak into the trunk of his own car, according to police.

Acevedo and Randolph then got in Dworchak’s car and Acevedo drove it to an unknown location in Bellevue Park where, police say, Acevedo opened the trunk and fired two shots, killing Dworchak.

Acevedo returned to the car later Sept. 4 and dumped Dworchak’s body near the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, where the body was discovered early on the morning of Sept. 5, according to police.

Police were led to Acevedo and Randolph after police on Sept. 5 were contacted by Dworchak’s mother about several unauthorized purchases that were made using Dworchak’s debit card at retail locations in Dauphin County.

Randolph, who faces the same charges as Acevedo concerning Dworchak’s murder, has been held in county prison without bail since his arrest on Sept. 11.

Randolph on Sept. 26 waived a preliminary hearing, and is to be arraigned on all the charges in county court on Nov. 8 before Judge William T. Tully.