RESCUE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man is under arrest after police say he stole a horse and left it to die and later sexually assaulted another horse that he tried to steal.READ MORE: El Dorado County Braces For Flooding After Caldor Fire
Fifty-six-year-old Bryon Baker, a transient living in a rural area 40 miles east of Sacramento, was being held Friday on suspicion of grand theft of a horse, animal cruelty, attempted grand theft of a horse and sexual assault on an animal.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said a horse was stolen from a ranch in January. The horse later died while in Baker’s control, prompting community outcry.READ MORE: Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Barred From Caring For Bears Until It Makes Changes To Enclosure
In May, the sheriff’s office linked Baker to the horse theft while investigating the theft and sexual assault of second horse.
Baker was arrested Wednesday after a search of his motor home.MORE NEWS: Kings Home Opener Brings Life To Downtown, Stresses Business
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