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CU Police Arrest Suspect In Dorm Burglary, Possible Sex Crime

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Jonathan Rubeck (credit: University of Colorado Boulder Police Department)

Jonathan Rubeck (credit: University of Colorado Boulder Police Department)

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – A person has been arrested in connection with a burglary and possible sex offense at a dorm on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder that occurred in early November.

According to the University of Colorado Boulder Police Department, CU freshman and Smith Hall resident Jonathan Rubeck, 18, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of felony burglary and one count of misdemeanor theft.

Authorities say a break-in by a possibly drunk man happened at the co-ed dorm Smith Hall sometime between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Nov. 10. Police say they believe that man later returned and entered the students’ room. One of the students said a man was standing over her and possibly masturbating.

“CU police sent out a campus-wide email warning students about the incident and asking for their tips. CU Police detectives pursued an extensive investigation,” Ryan Huff with CU police said in a statement.

From last Saturday through Monday police received two reports of women’s undergarments being stolen, including one at Smith Hall.

“Through an investigation on Dec. 9, officers determined that Rubeck was a suspect in these cases,” Huff said. “Officers obtained a search warrant for Rubeck’s room in Smith Hall that produced evidence leading to an interview with Rubeck.”

The interview led to Rubeck’s arrest.

“These are serious crimes that victimized members of our campus community in the places they live,” said CU Police Deputy Chief Melissa Zak. “Due to diligent investigative work and help from Smith Hall residents, we were able to arrest this suspect and make our residence halls safer. All indications are that Rubeck acted alone.”

Additional Resources

The CU Police Department released the following information about the case:

Any potential additional victims are asked to call UCPD at 303-492-6666. CU Police encourage residence hall students to always lock their room doors – especially at night. Residents need their Buff OneCard IDs to enter secure areas of residence hall buildings. Don’t give access to strangers by letting them “tailgate” into secure areas.

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