St. Augustine man accused of raping girl

Police working to locate Hunter Buck

Hunter Dylan Jones Buck (St. Johns County Sheriff's Office)

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – St. Augustine police are searching for a man accused of raping a girl last month.

Hunter Dylan Jones Buck, 25, of St. Augustine, is wanted for sexual battery on a minor, the St. Augustine Police Department announced Monday in a Facebook post.

The incident report shows the attack happened the morning of Jan. 19 when a 13-year-old girl heard a noise while she was at home and went outside, thinking it was her mother. The girl told police she saw a man, identified as Buck, driving around and thought he may have been doing work in the area.

The girl said he must have seen her standing outside and knew she was alone. She said she was able to run to her bedroom and close the door but couldn’t lock it, so the man was able to barge in. The girl told investigators she heard her mother returning home as she tried to fight off her attacker.

The girl’s mother told police she came home from work, went to her daughter’s room and found the man with blue and purple hair attacking her daughter. “Who are you?” she yelled at him, according to the report.

The report said the man yelled for the mother to get out of the way and shoved her aside. He ran out of the bedroom before returning to pick up something he left behind. The girl’s mother told police she tried to block his escape, but he again pushed her out of the way. The report said he ran out of the home to a dark-colored vehicle, which the mother was able to photograph as it drove away.

The public information officer for the Police Department told News4Jax on Tuesday night that Buck had been contacting the girl on social media about a week before the attack.

The public information officer also said police had found his vehicle, but they were still looking for Buck, who records show has been in and out of jail in the past and was adjudicated guilty of robbery in 2014.

When News4Jax went to his last known address on Tuesday, no one was there. A neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, said the last time he saw him was about two weeks ago. News4Jax also reached out to one of Buck’s family members, who did not wish to comment.

Detectives said they found Buck’s car, but it’s unclear where it was located.

Anyone with information about Buck’s whereabouts is asked to call the St. Augustine Police Department at 904-825-1070 or Crime Stoppers at 888-277-8477.

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