Famed Goat Guy Accused of Taking Woman in Van to NJ, Sexually Assaulting Her

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013  |  Updated 5:37 PM EDT
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Famed Goat Guy Accused of Sexual Assault

Leslie Albrecht

Cyrus Fakroddin and his pet goat, Cocoa, were captured having pizza in midtown last March. At inset, Cyrus Fakroddin's mug shot, as provided by Union County prosecutors.

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A New Jersey man known for bringing his pet goat to sightsee in New York City has been accused of picking up an incapacitated woman who had been partying at a Manhattan nightclub and taking her in a van to his house, where he sexually assaulted her.

Union County prosecutors say Cyrus Fakroddin, 51, encountered the woman, 19, "who was physically and mentally incapacitated," in the early morning hours of Nov. 17 in Manhattan.

Fakroddin took the woman in his van to his house in Summit, N.J., where he sexually assaulted her, prosecutors said.

Fakroddin has gained notoriety in recent years for bringing his pet Alpine Pygmy goat, Cocoa, to enjoy the sites of the city, and has been spotted eating pizza, riding the subway and taking cab rides.

Reuters reported that Fakroddin says Cocoa "doesn't like goats, she doesn't like farms, she likes the people and the city."

In the alleged assault, the victim regained consciousness several hours later and had no memory of meeting Fakroddin or traveling to his house. She contacted a friend and returned to Manhattan, where she sought medical attention because she suspected she had been assaulted.

Fakroddin was arrested Wednesday and is being held in the Union County jail. Officials could not say whether he had an attorney, or whether he had a goat with him when he allegedly picked up the woman.

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