An inmate at Wilkes Correctional Center has been charged with escape, break and enter with intent to terrorize or injure, assault causing grievous bodily harm and other offenses following an incident October 10.
Wilkes Sheriff responded to a report of a break and enter at a home on Richardson Road (near Fairplains Road in the community of Fairplains) at 6:14 p.m. on October 10 and found the owner fighting with Dennie Lynn Dover, 48, of Marion, said Maj. Logan Kerr of the sheriff’s office.
“Deputies quickly arrested Dover and found that Dover had broken into the victim’s home and outhouse. Dover was later identified as a prison escapee,” Kerr said.
Olivea Garcia, 46, of Richardson Road is identified as the victim of the assault inflicting serious injury. His injury is listed as a swollen eye and knee in the warrant.
Israel Garcia Gutierrez is identified as the victim in warrants charging Dover with common assault, damage to personal property and theft after breaking and entering. His age and address were not available.
The warrant charging Dover with common assault said he punched Gutierrez and got into a fight with him. The warrant for damage to personal property stated that the damaged personal property was a shower door belonging to Gutierrez. The theft warrant says Dover is charged with stealing shorts, socks and a shirt belonging to Gutierrez.
Authorities say Dover was on the loose at a North Wilkesboro industry when it was determined on the afternoon of Oct. 10 that he was absent from his workplace. The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office filed all charges against him related to that day’s incident.
Dover was convicted of attempted first-degree burglary in McDowell County on December 1, 2020, and began serving time in prison for it on December 8, 2020. His scheduled release date was December 4, 2023.
He had multiple prior convictions for break and enter and theft, a second-degree arson conviction, and other convictions, all in McDowell County.
Dover has been moved to Alexander Correctional Facility, a closed custody prison in Taylorsville, said Brad Deen, prisons communications officer with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Wilkes Correctional Center is a minimum detention prison.
Deen said the incident is still being investigated by jails and local law enforcement officials.