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.

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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.

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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.

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