Man facing charges after stolen horse found dead at cemetery

2:53 PM, Jul 5, 2013   |    comments
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Law enforcement officials in El Dorado County have arrested a man accused of stealing a horse that later died.

Bryon Baker, 56, is facing charges of grand theft of a horse, sexual assault on a horse, attempted theft of a horse and cruelty to animals causing suffering and/or death. He was arrested Wednesday following a search of his motor home near El Dorado Hills.

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office said it received a report in January that a horse had been stolen from the stables of the High Heart Ranch. The horse was found later that day in the Jay Hawk Cemetery with injuries it suffered while it was under control of the thief, the sheriff's office said. The horse died.

Several local residents posted fliers in the area seeking information about the thief. The sheriff's office said those fliers led to tips that helped solve the case.

In May, investigators received a report of an attempted horse theft and sexual assault on a horse. Witnesses identified the suspect as Baker, the sheriff's office said. Investigators linked the attempted theft to the January theft, which eventually led to the search of Baker's motor home and his arrest.


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