Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported the arrest of a man for engaging in carnal copulation with livestock. Mario Vasconcelos (H/M, D.O.B. 05/15/79) of 140 East 7th Street in Larose was arrested after detectives collected DNA evidence linking him to the crime.
In June, a Cut Off resident reported someone was possibly trespassing on his property located on Highway 3235 in the Cut Off area. Through investigation, detectives learned a male subject had entered the building and engaged in crimes against nature (unnatural carnal copulation) with livestock, including a donkey and a goat. Detectives collected suspected human DNA evidence from the livestock, and the evidence was submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for DNA analysis. Detectives were later advised that a DNA match had been obtained from the FBIs Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), which identified Mario Vasconcelos as the suspect. Detectives also learned Vasconcelos had a warrant for contempt of court stemming from a 2011 domestic abuse case.
Detectives made contact with Vasconcelos on Saturday, August 17, and he was taken into custody. During questioning, Vasconcelos admitted to four instances of copulating with livestock and he was subsequently transported to the Detention Center where he was booked four counts of Crimes Against Nature (R.S. 14:89), simple burglary and per the outstanding warrant. He is currently being held in lieu of $37,500 bond as set by Judge John LeBlanc and the warrant. He is additionally being held for U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
I want to applaud the efforts of the detectives on this case, as well as the lab analysts at the State Police Crime Lab, said Sheriff Webre. Through their diligent and thorough work of gathering and analyzing the DNA evidence, we were able to identify and arrest the offender who ultimately confessed to these heinous crimes.