The suspect is Kevin T. Wayman Jr.

The clerk at a Dover convenience store was slashed several times in the face during a struggle with an armed robber, Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said Friday.

The incident took place at about 2:54 a.m. Feb. 15 at the 7-Eleven store located at 449 S. New Street when a man, later identified as 31-year-old Kevin T. Wayman Jr. came into the store, Hoffman said. Wayman dropped a glass bottle to distract the clerk and when the clerk was cleaning up the mess Wayman went behind the counter and took two cartons of Newport cigarettes.

The clerk managed to take back one of the cartons, but Wayman ran from the store into the parking lot where he pulled a 4-inch pocket knife and began to struggle with the clerk, cutting him several times in the face.

Wayman ran away again but was caught by patrol officers near Governor’s Avenue at West North Street.

The clerk was treated for his injuries at a local hospital and then released, Hoffman said.

Wayman is charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited, theft of property valued at less than $1,500, tampering with physical evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution after failing to post a $59,000 secured bond.