After a two-month investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, a 37-year-old man is accused of sodomizing a petting zoo goat at Axdahl’s Garden Farm in Grant this summer.
Abimael Rojas Dominguez was charged Thursday by the Washington County Attorney’s Office with third-degree burglary and animal cruelty. His whereabouts are unknown at this time.
According to the complaint:
The Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to a call from Axdahl’s on Aug. 2 for a report of a dead goat and possible sodomy.
A worker at Axdahl’s told detectives that he had entered the lower level of the Axdahl's barn at about 8:50 am on Aug. 2 to feed and water the animals.
The employee noticed that some stalls were open that are always closed at night. After further investigation, the staffer then discovered a deceased goat tied to a piece of farm equipment and called police. Detectives later discovered a discarded condom near the dead goat and evidence that the goat had been assaulted in a sexual manner.
Detectives later retraced the suspect Dominguez back to the petting zoo after the Minnesota State Patrol arrested him for walking along Hwy. 36 the next morning, after he had mechanical problems with a vehicle he was driving that was later impounded.
In the following days, detectives arranged a meeting with Dominguez, who allegedly admitted that he had been drinking and driving the night of Aug. 1.
When asked if he would be seen on Axdahl Farms' video surveillance, Dominguez reportedly replied, "I don't know, I don't remember."
When asked if his fingerprints would match any found at Axdahl Farms, Dominguez told detectives, "I don't know."
Detectives then collected a DNA swab from the inside of Dominguez's cheek, which they say matched DNA evidence of the assault found at the scene.
The report indicates that "the probability of selecting an unrelated individual at random from the general population having a DNA profile that would match this partial DNA profile is approximately 1 in 110,500."