Man Arrested in Abduction of Student From UC Riverside Parking Garage

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Police in Riverside on Wednesday announced the arrest of a 30-year-old man sought in the kidnapping of a student from a parking garage at UC Riverside in June.

Donald Rosenbek Jr. was arrested in the alleged abduction of a student from a parking garage at UC Riverside. (Credit: Riverside Police Department)

Donald Rosenbek Jr. was arrested in the alleged abduction of a student from a parking garage at UC Riverside. (Credit: Riverside Police Department)

Donald Earl Rosenbek, Jr. was arrested Tuesday at a residence in Cathedral City and charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, and assault by means of force, according to a news release from the Riverside Police Department.

The abduction occurred around 4 p.m. on June 8 at the University Towers parking garage in the 3500 block of Iowa Avenue.

The student called 911, claiming she was grabbed in the parking garage by a man who forced her into his car.

The young woman said she was bound and driven around the area in the rear seat of the vehicle, the release stated.

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The suspect was described as a white man in his late 20s or early 30s with dirty blonde hair, driving a gray Nissan Sentra. (Credit: Riverside Police Department)

She was physically injured in the abduction, but was not sexually assaulted, police said.

The student was able to stay calm during the ordeal and managed to talk Rosenbek into returning her to the garage and letting her go.

"She was able to humanize herself to the suspect and basically talk him down from following through with whatever his plan was for her that day," said Riverside police Detective Rick Wheeler.

Rosenbek, a former student at UCR, was initially identified by forensic evidence recovered from the scene. The student later picked him out of a photo line-up, police said.

Rosenbek was a bartender with a prior record, including a misdemeanor in 2006 for domestic violence and a 2005 DUI arrest.

He was currently being held on $500,000 bail and was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

Anyone with information on this case was urged to contact Detective Rick Wheeler at 951-353-7134.