27yo Lazarus Lazaro Thomas of St. Peter has been charged with four felonies in Blue Earth County District Court in relation to a 2015, alleged, sexual assault of a teenage girl.
According to police, the incident occurred on September 18, 2015, when the 13 to 16yo girl reported that a man had climbed through her bedroom window and sexually assaulted her before fleeing. Forensic examiners collected samples of DNA from the girl, only for no matches to be found in the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension database. Although the police launched an investigation, no suspect was identified at the time.
However, in June 2022, the BCA alerted Mankato police to a possible link between Thomas and the 2015 sexual assault, and a warrant was issued for his arrest last week when he failed to appear at a hearing for a Brown County charge.