Man charged in 2011 kidnapping case involving UF student

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 10:59 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 10:59 a.m.

A man wanted for kidnapping a Gainesville student at gunpoint in November 2011 was booked into the Alachua County Jail Wednesday on several charges related to the incident.

Ronald Newman, 45, is charged with kidnapping, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and two counts of burglary involving a home and a car.

Newman has been in custody in Leon County since shortly after the Gainesville incident when he was arrested on multiple charges in an unrelated case.

Newman is accused of kidnapping a University of Florida student on Nov. 2, 2011. The student told police he heard a loud noise in his backyard, went outside to check on it and was confronted by a man with a handgun.

The man forced him back into the house and held him at gunpoint for hours. He then forced the student to drive him to a towing company lot.

When the gunman got out to look for a car -- which police allege he had stolen in Georgia -- the student drove off and called police.

The student told police he could not positively identify Newman from a photo lineup but that Newman most resembled the culprit.

At the time of the kidnapping, Newman was on parole in Georgia, according to the arrest report.

Shortly after the Gainesville incident, Newman was arrested in Tallahassee for a series of crimes. He has been in state prison on Leon County charges, including possession of a concealed firearm and resisting an officer with violence.

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