Rapist pleads, will spend next five years in prisonWORTHINGTON — He is either 25 or 26, depending on which birthday is used. He was known in the community and at his former job as Burt Reynolds, but over the past two years, authorities have also come to know the Guatemalan native as Yobani Augustin Mazariegos and by what they believe is his real name, Diovana Bernardino Agustin Mazariegos.
WORTHINGTON — He is either 25 or 26, depending on which birthday is used. He was known in the community and at his former job as Burt Reynolds, but over the past two years, authorities have also come to know the Guatemalan native as Yobani Augustin Mazariegos and by what they believe is his real name, Diovana Bernardino Agustin Mazariegos.
The woman he raped in 2008 knew him only as Yoani.
He is currently an inmate at the correctional facility in Stillwater. He was serving time for a parole violation under the name Reynolds, but will now serve a 65 month sentence for the December 2008 rape.
Mazariegos came to Minnesota at age 17, a relative told authorities. She wasn’t sure where he got the name Burt Reynolds, but he used it to work at a beef processing plant in Windom. According to the Minnesota electronic court document filing system, he was first arrested under the alias in 2006 for driving under the influence of alcohol and violating his instructional permit. He was put on probation for a year.
Reynolds was busy in 2007, getting arrested for burglary and intentional damage in May, burglary, theft and damage in June, and damage and tampering with a motor vehicle in October. When Reynolds failed to appear in court in July, a warrant was issued, but that warrant was quashed when he was arrested. Bond was set at $10,000. Another warrant was issued in February 2008 and quashed in May when he was arrested again.
As the cases progressed through the courts in 2008, Reynolds was charged with receiving stolen property in a case that involved jewelry stolen from people’s homes in Worthington and pawned in Sioux Falls. S.D. He was also implicated in a business burglary that resulted in stolen phone cards, checks and cash.
On December 9, 2008, again under the name Reynolds, he appeared in court on all of his pending cases, entering into a plea agreement that dismissed a majority of the charges and sentenced him to 18 months in a state correction facility. Execution of that sentence was stayed on the condition he served 210 days in a local jail. With credit for time served between April and September, he was free to go. He was put on five years of supervised probation.
Authorities had no idea that only days earlier, he had allegedly raped a women in her own home while her children were in the house.
On Dec. 5, an officer with the Worthington Police Department had begun an investigation into a sexual assault. A woman told the officer that a man she knew from church had come into her home and raped her. She knew only that his name was Yoani, he worked at PM Beef in Windom and attended the International Pentecostal United Church in Windom, the complaint stated.
The victim said Yoani came to her home Nov. 30, 2008, and would not leave when she asked him to. He allegedly dragged her into a bathroom and attacked her, threatening to hurt her two young daughters if she resisted. One of the little girls opened the door and started screaming, so the man allegedly dragged her into a bedroom and raped her, again threatening her children. Afterward, she said, he apologized and told her not to cry.
She was afraid to contact authorities, she said, because she believed he would come back and hurt her girls. A friend convinced her days later to tell police what had happened. Unfortunately, she didn’t know the man’s name.
A few days later, she remembered she had a DVD showing the man being baptized at her church, which she turned over to law enforcement. She thought she knew where he lived, and pointed the house out to the officer, who later stopped at the residence. A man at the residence, Burt Reynolds, said he didn’t know anyone by the name of Yoani or Yobani.
The following day, another officer looked at the DVD and immediately recognized the man being baptized as Burt Reynolds. Authorities went back to the residence and spoke to Reynolds’ sister, who said Yobani Mazariegos, who used the name Burt Reynolds, was her brother.
A message was sent to Windom Police Department asking them to arrest Mazariegos at PM Beef, but when they arrived, they learned he had left the plant at noon.
Mazariegos didn’t surface until January 2010, when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contacted the Worthington Police Department. Mazariegos had been encountered at a jail in Snohomish County, Wash., after being picked up by the Washington State Patrol. He was extradited back to Minnesota in March and promptly sent to prison on a parole violation.
As the criminal sexual assault case neared a trial date, the Nobles County Attorney’s Office needed to make a decision on whether or not to bring the ICE agent from Seattle, Wash., to testify. They gave Mazariegos a final deadline to plead, and he took the plea agreement at the last minute. Instead of being released from prison at the end of this week, he will spend the next few years behind bars. According to the Minnesota Department of Corrections website, his anticipated release date is Oct. 23, 2013.