Published: Dec. 10, 2013

Contact: Ryan Huff, Communications Manager, Police Department 303-492-7581 / ryan.huff@colorado.edu

The University of Colorado Boulder Police Department has arrested the suspect responsible for the Nov. 10 burglary and possible sex offense in Smith Hall. CU freshman and Smith Hall resident Jonathan Rubeck, 18, was arrested on the evening of Monday, Dec. 9 on suspicion of two counts of felony burglary and one count of misdemeanor theft.

Between 1 and 5 a.m. on Nov. 10, two female residents of Smith Hall reported that an intoxicated man briefly entered their room twice and left. 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.

From Dec. 7 to 9, CU Police received two reports of stolen women’s undergarments, including one that involved a burglary of a Smith Hall room. Through an investigation on Dec. 9, officers determined that Rubeck was a suspect in these cases. Officers obtained a search warrant for Rubeck’s room in Smith Hall that produced evidence leading to an interview with Rubeck on the evening of Dec. 9. Information obtained during that interview, along with physical evidence found in Rubeck’s room, led to his arrest at approximately 9 p.m. He was booked into Boulder County Jail without incident.

“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.”

UCPD continues to investigate this case to determine the full extent of Rubeck’s activities. 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.