UPDATE: Rape suspect surrenders at Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

Published 12:09 pm Thursday, November 23, 2023

NATCHEZ — A Meadville man accused of kidnapping and raping a woman in Natchez has surrendered at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Thanksgiving morning.

Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten said the suspect, Gregory Hunt, 35, is en route to Adams County after turning himself in moments ago.

Gregory Hunt

“We certainly appreciate Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Natchez Police Department for their collaboration and assistance in this matter,” Patten said.

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Area law enforcement had been looking for Hunt, who was wanted for aggravated domestic violence and sexual battery.

On Tuesday at 10:45 p.m. ACSO deputies were called to Merit Health Natchez about a victim who had allegedly been raped.

Natchez Police Department had reported the victim as missing earlier Tuesday.

The victim told deputies while she was at work Tuesday one of her employees came to tell her someone was outside who wanted to see her.

She said once outside, she discovered the person requesting to see her was her estranged ex-boyfriend. The victim told deputies the man’s name was Gregory Hunt and that the two had been apart for more than a year and a half.

She reported to deputies that Hunt made threats toward her children before dragging her across his body and into his vehicle through the driver’s side. She said he then drove her out to a gravel road off Highway U.S. 84 in Adams County, where she alleges he parked on the side of the unlit gravel road, dragged her out of the vehicle and began beating her and raped her on the ground.

The victim alleges after the assault, Hunt put her back in his vehicle and began driving back toward Natchez before abruptly pulling over under the Natchez Trace bridge overpass on U.S. 84 and tossed her out of the vehicle, then sped off.

She told deputies she walked to a nearby gas station, where she called for a ride and was taken to Merit Health Natchez.

The victim suffered fractured bones in her face, along with scratches and bruises to her face, hands and other places on her body.