Heuvelton man allegedly rapes child under 15

Heuvelton man allegedly rapes child under 15
Arric Hunter (Source: St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility)

DEPEYSTER, N.Y. (WWNY) - A Heuvelton man accused of raping a child late last week was arrested following a weekend-long search.

State police say 46-year-old Arric Hunter allegedly raped a child under the age of 15 and threatened the victim with a knife.

Troopers say it happened in the town of Depeyster Friday morning.

A state trooper’s deposition in the case alleges Hunter tied the victim up with rope to prevent the child from leaving and then cut off the child’s shorts and underwear with a knife.

State police and other law enforcement agencies began a search for Hunter after he fled following the alleged rape.

He was found Monday at a Stewart’s Shop in Gouverneur with what troopers describe as self-inflicted injuries. A witness statement says Hunter cut his wrists and throat and then tried to hang himself right after the alleged rape. He was taken first to Gouverneur Hospital then to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse for treatment.

After he was released from the hospital, Hunter was charged with second-degree rape, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, and second-degree menacing.

Hunter was arraigned virtually in Canton town court. He was sent to St. Lawrence County jail without bail based on what troopers say are previous felony convictions.

He will appear in Canton town court at a later date.

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