Oceanside man arrested for assault on student

CARLSBAD — After allegedly tying up a young college student in a motel in Carlsbad, Oceanside resident Matthew Terrell was charged with false imprisonment and assault with the intent to commit a sexual assault on June 16 at the Vista courthouse. 

Terrell used the dating website “OK Cupid” to lure a 20-year-old female to the Motel 6 off of Carlsbad Village Drive to take modeling photos the morning of June 9, according to a press release from the Carlsbad Police Department.

Once the victim was in the hotel room, Terrell tied her up with plastic zip ties.

The victim struggled and screamed loudly enough to be heard outside of the room. Others staying at the motel called the police.

Carlsbad Police found Terrell and the victim in the room and arrested Terrell.

Terrell posted $50,000 bail and was released on June 16, according to Steve Walker, Communications Director from the San Diego County District Attorney.

A primary hearing for the case is currently set for June 25, Walker said.

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