A sex offender released from a Minnesota prison seven months ago was arrested last night in the Nov. 22 kidnapping of North Dakota college student Dru Sjodin, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., 50, was being held in Crookston, Mn. The 22-year-old University of North Dakota student disappeared from a mall parking lot. Authorities gave no indication whether they knew more about her whereabouts.
Rodriguez is a level 3 sex offender — considered most at risk to reoffend — and has a history of using force and weapons to kidnap and sexually assault women. In at least two cases, he did not know his victims. Rodriguez was released from prison May 1. He had been found guilty in June 1980 of first-degree assault and kidnapping for stabbing a woman and forcing her into his car.