Officials say that a disturbed 19-year-old Missouri man used tactics on social media to lure six underage girls to his house, where he raped them, according to a report from The Post.
Now, the St. Louis County Police are after him.
KMOV reported that Dominic Salvatore Yocco is wanted on multiple counts of rape and assault after six girls told police that he used social media to encourage them to come to his home, where he sexually assaulted them.
The victims said that the acts occurred between November 2016 and July 2018. Yocco reportedly used Snapchat and other social media platforms to entice the girls to come to his residence.
Police want him in custody before it happens again.
“He’s posting stuff on his story that enables him to reach these young girls,” St. Louis County Police Officer Tracy Panus said about the 19-year-old suspect. “He goes and picks them up, brings them to his house where he rapes them, sexually molests them and then he brings them home.”
The St. Louis County Police Department said the girls victimized by Yocco were known to him at the times of the incidents. https://t.co/dVcfJHIQDD
— KSDK News (@ksdknews) September 9, 2019
The Post reported that three of the girls, 13, 14 and 15-year olds, said that Yocco had raped them while they were unconscious.
Another one of the victims, a 16-year-old, told investigators that Yocco had raped her on two instances, once while holding her down and striking her in the face while a gun lay nearby.
The six victims were reportedly between the ages of 13 and 16, sources said.
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Police have been on the lookout for any sign of Yocco after he was charged with the horrific crimes back in July.
The St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers have added Yocco to their ‘most wanted’ list of fugitives.
“Our efforts to apprehend him will continue until they are successful,” Sgt. Benjamin Granda said in an email.
— STL CRIMESTOPPERS (@STLRCS) August 30, 2019
One of Yocco’s neighbors said that he was a noisy neighbor who repeatedly held loud late night parties.
“They party a lot over there and have a lot of people over,” one of Yocco’s neighbors said in an interview with KMOV. “Their cars wind around the corner, they’re loud at night.”
Officer Panus said that they want to make sure any other girl who may have been a victim of assault comes forward to ensure that Yocco faces true justice.
“They’re afraid to come forward. They don’t want to get in trouble,” Panus said. “It’s embarrassing, and it’s terrifying. So we want to encourage people to come forward now if they have been a victim of his so they can tell their story and we can put additional charges on him.”
Panus said they won’t rest until they find him.
“Every day that we don’t catch him, there could be another victim so we definitely need to get him into custody immediately.”
Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the St. Louis Police Department at 314-615-5400
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