Created: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 04:53:00 PST
Updated: Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:02:53 PST
VISTA - An Oceanside man was behind bars Thursday on suspicion of using an online dating site to lure a female college student to a fake photo shoot and trying to sexually assault her.
Matthew Nathan Terrell, 27, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of intent to commit rape and false imprisonment with violence, the District Attorney's Office said. He remains jailed on $50,000 bail.
Terrell was arrested Sunday at the Motel 6 on Carlsbad Village Drive after residents heard screams coming from his room, according to Carlsbad police.
“He had several zip ties and other types of binding devices in the room in order to hold the victim down while he committed the sex act,” said Lt. Paul Mendes.
Police say Terrell bound the 20-year-old college student but she was able to break free from one of the zip ties and scream for help. She suffered minor injuries in the process.
Terrell met the woman on a free dating site called "OkCupid," investigators said.
“He had sent an email blast to a large number of women advertising a modeling job,” said Mendes.
Mendes said Terrell originally told the woman to meet him at another location, then asked her to meet at his motel room to fill out paperwork.
“It was her screaming and adamant fight... which subsequently allowed us to rescue her and arrest the perpetrator,” said Mendes.
Since Terrell contacted so many other women online, investigators are concerned there could be more victims, Mendes said. Anyone who was contacted by Terrell should call Carlsbad police.
June is national Internet Safety Month and the Carlsbad Police Department is encouraging the public to be cautious online. They warn that online sources of income may not be reliable.
“We understand that people, especially young people, are hurting for money and they’ll search Craigslist or wherever they need to go to find employment. But they need to be very cautious when looking on the internet for these kinds of employments,” said Mendes.