CORAL SPRINGS (CBSMiami) – The search for a serial sexual assaulter in Broward County may have come to an end.READ MORE: Famous Local Chef Antonio Bachour Pays It Forward Raising Money For Ronald McDonald House
Coral Springs Police Detectives have arrested a man that has since admitted to a string of sexual battery attacks in the Wyndham Lakes area.
Officer Tyler Reik told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “We appreciate the hard work of all the detectives and the calls that came in from the public. It’s great to have this guy off the street and I am sure that people who have been out their exercising and jogging are glad they will not have read to worry about this gentleman.”
Dante Collins, 25, was employed as a security guard in the industrial park of Coral Springs and was arrested for loitering and prowling in and around Wyndham Lakes.
Detectives observed Collins driving through neighborhoods and residential areas in the early morning, which was consistent with the ongoing string of attacks on women.
He was pulled over and then lied to the officers about what he had done that evening, as they had been observing him for hours.
Police developed a composite sketch that was helpful in the investigation.
After his arrest, Collins confessed to attacks on February 20th and April 9th.READ MORE: FPL Wraps Up Hurricane Power Restoration Drills
He also admitted to having approximately 10 attacks that went unreported to police.
Reik said, “Collins said he committed five and ten attacks, closer to 10. We know that 4 attacks did occur.”
Like many women in Wyndham Park, Lisa Riggs was concerned during the February and April attacks.
“I think he was on the prowl again when the caught him on Sunday so it makes me feel better about walking around the outside now,” Riggs said.
Collins has been charged with attempted sexual battery, loitering and prowling.
He is currently being held at the Broward County Jail with bond set at $250,000.
It’s not known if more charges will be filed. Victims are encouraged to come forward.MORE NEWS: COVID In Florida: 4,165 New Cases, 89 Additional Deaths Reported Friday
“We did find out that he was arrested for lewd and lascivious assaults in Hollywood in 2014,” said Reik.