December 6, 2023
Tobias Bartee. Photograph credit score: Courtesy, Escondido police

A person accused of luring male victims by a courting app after which sexually assaulting them in Escondido pleaded not responsible Wednesday to kidnapping and sex-related offenses.

Tobias Bartee, 28, was arrested Friday following reviews of “4 totally different grownup males that had been lured to an condominium within the metropolis.”

Police mentioned Bartee posed as one other individual on Grindr, then attacked the lads after they met in individual by restraining and sexually assaulting them.

Whereas police recognized 4 victims, a legal grievance filed in opposition to Bartee lists three victims, all recognized as John Does.

One of many alleged assaults occurred the day earlier than Bartee was arrested, in line with the grievance. He’s charged with kidnapping and intercourse crime counts in reference to John Doe 1.

One other alleged assault occurred on Aug. 13 in opposition to John Doe 2 and Bartee is charged with assault with intent to commit sodomy and assault inflicting nice bodily harm.

Bartee is charged with theft in reference to John Doe 3, which allegedly occurred in July. He’s additionally charged with failing to look in court docket in Could of final 12 months whereas he was out on bail in a separate case, during which he faces car theft and drug-related costs.

Bartee stays in custody with out bail following Wednesday’s arraignment. Escondido police mentioned anybody else who might have been a sufferer was inspired to contact Detective Jesse Santaniello at 760-839-4768.