Man arrested for killing sexually assaulting horse
RESCUE, CA – A man was arrested after stealing and killing a horse, and attempting to steal and sexually assault another.
Yes, you read that right.
According to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, 56-year-old Byron Baker was arrested in connection with the theft and death of one horse, and the attempted theft and sexual assault of another horse.
It all started on January 30 of this year, when the Sheriff’s Department kicked off an investigation regarding a horse taken from High Heart Ranch. The horse was found dead later that day in Jay Hawk Cemetery, just down the street.
Residents of Rescue began posting fliers in the area warning residents and offering a reward.
Another investigation was launched in may after an attempted theft and sexual assault of another horse. Several witnesses were able to identify the suspect and investigators were able to connect the two cases.
The man with a love hate relationship with horses, was later identified as Baker, a transient in the Cameron and Rescue areas.
On Wednesday deputies conducted a probation search of his motor home, finding items linking him to both cases.
Baker was booked into El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of grand theft, cruelty to animals causing suffering and/or death, attempted theft of a second horse and sexual assault on the second horse.
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