April 14, 2024
Tobias Bartee. Picture credit score: Courtesy, Escondido police

A person has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting 4 males after luring them to his condominium whereas posing on-line as a white man underneath a pretend title, police mentioned Saturday.

Detectives from the Escondido Police Division, assisted by a SWAT staff, served a search warrant Friday and arrested Tobias T. Bartee, 28, at his residence.

Bartee was arrested on a number of costs, together with kidnap with intent to commit rape, sodomy by pressure, oral copulation by pressure, assault with intent to commit rape and strangulation. He’s being held on the Vista Detention Facility.

Over the previous 4 months, police acquired experiences of 4 males who chatted with one other male by way of the by way of the Grindr relationship app, then agreed to satisfy at his condominium within the metropolis, in accordance with Escondido police.

When the boys arrived on the residence, the person who answered the door was not the identical particular person from the Grindr profile. He advised the victims that the person they had been there to satisfy was his roommate, however was not residence.

Police mentioned the victims had been then forcibly restrained and sexually assaulted. Two of the victims allegedly witnessed the suspect with a handgun.

Investigators urged anybody who might have been a sufferer to contact Detective Jesse Santaniello at 760-839-4768.

– Metropolis Information Service