A college student is in custody, accused in a series of sexual assaults in the North County.
Oceanside police arrested MiraCosta College student Zachary Alcantara in connection with four sexual assaults that took place with a five-block area of Oceanside over three days.
One woman reported a man groped her on Brooks Street Saturday, Dec. 10. On Tuesday, Dec. 13, three other women reported being groped in the same area - near South Horne Street and North Horne Street police said.
Two of the victims were adults and the third was a 14-year-old juvenile. The sexual assaults took place between 5:55 and 7:45 p.m. according to police.
Alcantara was taken into custody around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday as he was leaving class at MiraCosta College.
Oceanside officers identified Alcantara as a possible suspect Wednesday morning. The 21-year-old man was out on bail awaiting trial on similar charges.
Alcantara will be booked on three counts of misdemeanor sexual battery, one count of lewd act with a child and one count of felony false imprisonment according to Oceanside police.
Investigators say there have been seven total assaults - all with similar M.O. and suspect description. Of the seven, three occurred in Oceanside, one in Carlsbad and three in Encinitas. Oceanside police identified Alcantara as a possible suspect in at least four of the cases.