15-year-old girl tells police she was raped, trapped in van by man

Crime
Tyler Hunt

A 24-year-old man has been charged with sexual assault of a child after he allegedly forced a 15-year-old girl into his van and raped her.

The incident happened in downtown Austin on Saturday, according to a police affidavit.

Officers were called by the girl’s mother to the Chevron gas station at 601 N. Interstate 35 on Monday after getting a phone call from her runaway daughter asking to be picked up.

The mother told officers she called them first knowing they would be able to get to the girl faster.

The girl told officers that on Saturday night she was eating at PF Chang’s at 201 San Jacinto St. with her mother when she left to go to a cafe around the corner while her mom paid for their meals.

As she walking to the cafe, an older model tan van with blacked out windows parked next to her and the masked driver got out and forced her inside, tying her hands down, the affidavit says.

The victim told police that the man, identified by police as Tyler Hunt, did not let her use the restroom.

The next day, a woman and a 4-year-old boy came to meet the suspect inside the van and the suspect untied the 15-year-old, she told police.

When she was allowed to go to the restroom, she took off running and ended up at the Chevron station, where she called her mother.

Two officers remembered seeing a van matching the victim’s description a few weeks before and found the van at Eighth and Concho Streets with the suspect inside, who also matched the teenager’s description. 

In an interview with police, Hunt said he met up with the victim in an alley next to East Sixth Street downtown. He told police the girl said she was homeless and wanted some company.

Hunt told police he bought them a six pack of beer and got too drunk to have sex, so they only had oral sex, according to a police affidavit.

On Sunday, Hunt said he started to question the victim’s age and took her to the bus stop after she told him she was 15.

In another interview Monday with police, officers say the victim did not change her story from what she initially reported. 

Hunt remains in the Travis County Jail with bond set at $20,000. 

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