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Man accused of raping unconscious girls surrenders to police in St. Louis County

Man accused of raping unconscious girls surrenders to police in St. Louis County

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Dominic Yocco

Two mugshots of Dominic Yocco. One from 2018 (left), and one from Wednesday night, Sept. 11, 2019. Grand jurors on Oct. 16 indicted the 19-year-old on 19 counts: six counts of rape, seven counts of statutory sodomy, two counts of statutory rape, two counts of assault and two counts of child molestation. He was originally charged with nine counts.

Courtesy of the St. Louis County Police Department.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY  — A 19-year-old man on the lam after being charged with raping six teen girls, some while unconscious, has surrendered to police.

Meanwhile, a seventh girl has contacted detectives, and police are investigating whether she was a victim as well.

Dominic Salvatore Yocco turned himself in about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Louis County Justice Center in Clayton. He was accompanied by an attorney, said Sgt. Benjamin Granda of the St. Louis County Police.

Yocco showed up looking different from his mugshot last year, when he was arrested on suspicion of sexual misconduct. His hair has added streaks of blondish orange. Police haven't said if they believe Yocco was hiding from police since his charges were issued against him two months ago. "We believe he was fully aware of our efforts," Granda told a reporter. 

Dominic Yocco

Dominic Yocco, in a booking photo from Sept. 11, 2019. He allegedly raped unconscious girls.

Yocco was charged July 9 with four counts of first-degree rape, two counts of third-degree assault, two counts of second-degree rape and one count of first-degree statutory rape. Late last month, he was put on the St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers "most wanted" fugitives list. 

Yocco lives in the 1600 block of Celerity Drive in north St. Louis County. A message the Post-Dispatch left this week with residents there has not been returned. Thomas Kissell, an attorney listed Thursday morning in court files as representing Yocco, could not be reached for comment.

Police said that Yocco used social media to lure his victims, the youngest of whom was 13 years old, police allege. He would ply them with alcohol, police said.

"He was using Snapchat to post about parties, to lure these girls in basically," said St. Louis County Police Officer Tracy Panus. "That's how he'd get them to come hang out with him."

Panus said Yocco would drive to a girl's home to pick her up, then take her to his home and rape her. Afterward, he would drive the girl back to her home, Panus said. He would give them alcohol, and some of the girls fell unconscious, Panus said. Yocco is accused of hitting some of his victims.

Dominic Yocco

Dominic Yocco in a booking photo from 2018

Yocco allegedly raped the girls more than a year ago. On July 9, St. Louis County prosecutors charged him with four counts of first-degree rape, two counts of third-degree assault, two counts of second-degree rape and one count of first-degree statutory rape.

According to court papers, a 16-year-old girl said Yocco twice raped her. He held her down and slapped her and hit her in the face and had a firearm nearby, authorities allege.

A 14-year-old girl said Yocco raped her while she was unconscious and that Yocco hit and pinched her, police said. A 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl said Yocco raped them when they were unconscious, court documents allege. Two girls, both 15 years old, told police that Yocco raped them.

The alleged rapes happened between Nov. 17, 2016, and July 3, 2018, police said. Panus said the police investigation began when a victim came forward.

Yocco will be held in lieu of $250,000 cash bail. A judge has ordered that Yocco, once in custody, can only be released on bail if he is kept at his home with electronic monitoring. He can't go within 500 feet of any of his alleged victims, and he can't drink alcohol or have a gun, court documents say.

The judge also said Yocco won't be allowed to have any unrelated female visitors in his home.

The only other mentions of Yocco in the Missouri online court system are for a speeding ticket in Sunset Hills and illegal parking in Northwoods. A lawyer who represented him in both of those traffic cases said he has not been contacted by Yocco for the criminal case; court records list no defense attorney yet in the rape case.

Kim Bell covers breaking news for the Post-Dispatch.

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