Model Testifies of Zip Ties, Attack at Photo Shoot in Carlsbad Motel - NBC 7 San Diego

Model Testifies of Zip Ties, Attack at Photo Shoot in Carlsbad Motel

An Oceanside photographer is accused of attacking a model he met for a photo shoot in a Carlsbad motel



    Model Testifies of Zip Ties, Attack at Photo Shoot in Carlsbad Motel
    Matthew Terrell wrote notes on a yellow legal pad during the alleged victim's testimony.

    A college student testified about the moment the photographer she thought she was meeting for a modeling job tied her up.

    The victim said she met Matthew Terrell online and thought she was meeting him for a photo shoot on June 9.

    The 20-year-old woman said she didn’t have time to resist when the “modeling opportunity” in a Carlsbad motel turned into a trap.

    She testified Terrell pulled out a plastic cable tie or a zip tie.

    “He tried to explain it as a better way for me to hold the pose,” she said. That’s when she says things started to click.

    “That this was not something I wanted. I said ‘I did not agree to this,’” she testified.

    She said she thought saying no would be enough but it was at that moment, she said Terrell zip tied her wrists, grabbed her shoulders and then threw her on the bed where the two started fighting.

    “I had come to the realization that I should start screaming,” she said.

    Then she bit the side of his neck and his hand in an attempt to get away. Once he opened the door, she ran out of the room and yelled for help.

    Other motel guests heard the struggle and her screams from outside the room and reported the incident to authorities.

    Under cross-examination, the victim said Terrell did not hit or strike her and did not remove her clothes.

    Investigators said they found a backpack with duct tape inside it in the motel room along with zip ties and a small "point and shoot" camera.

    There was also a large "ball gag" of duct tape found underneath the bed, an official testified.

    Terrell, 27, of Oceanside was bound over for trial. He faces charges of suspicion of false imprisonment with violence and assault with the intent to commit rape or a sexual act.

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