Lobo football player charged with rape, kidnapping

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A star Lobo running back has been arrested for kidnap and rape Monday.

University of New Mexico police say Crusoe Gongbay and two other men are accused of raping the student in a car. KRQE News 13 has learned it allegedly happened when the three men left a house party.crusoe gongbay

Gongbay and one of the other suspects, who’s not a UNM student, turned themselves in Monday and are were being booked at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center Monday evening, according to UNM police.

UNM police say they began investigating the case last weekend at the dorms. KRQE News 13 has learned that the young woman says the men dropped her off there.

“Officers were dispatched to the Casa dorms, they met with a female, they subsequently took her to the same unit the sexual assault nurses examiner,” said Lt. Tim Stump of the UNM Police Department.

UNM police say 20-year old Gongbay and two other men are accused of raping the woman.

KRQE News 13 has learned that the alleged victim was at UNM Fiesta’s event on Saturday, April 12, 2014, and later went to a house party off campus. News 13 has learned that the woman says she was taken from the home just before three in the morning, April 13th, 2014, by the three men.

News 13 has learned that the three men gang raped the woman in a car, then dropped her off at the dorm.

UNM police say the woman then told a security guard who took her to campus police.

Gongbay is the Lobos star running back and entering his senior season. He is expected to start this season.

UNM police are not releasing a lot of information about exactly what happened and say they’re still waiting results from the state crime lab. However, police say there is enough evidence to charge people now.

The alleged victim’s attorney released the following statement on Monday evening:

“My client is no longer in school, has moved back home, and is receiving therapy. She and her family are concentrating on healing and recovery, one day at a time. She is counting her blessings and thankful to be alive. My client appreciates the work of the UNM police and the support of University officials. The media and public are asked to respect her privacy while she concentrates on recovery, and not direct any efforts to contact her.” – Brad D. Hall, attorney for alleged victim.

“There are a lot of individuals involved in this and we want to make sure that we get to the truth of the incident and make sure that that we offer the resources to all of them to make sure everything is done correctly,” Dianne Anderson, UNM’s Director of Communications, said.

Gongbay is charged with rape and kidnapping.

The other suspect, 21-year-old Ryan Ruff, is facing the same charges.

Police are trying to come up with a sketch of the third suspect. He’s described as a black male, six feet tall, 180 pounds with short hair on the side and long hair on top. If you have any information, call UNM police at 505-277-2241.

The following is a statement was released by UNM head football coach Bob Davie:

“We are aware of the allegations involving Crusoe Gongbay. Due to the obvious serious nature of these charges, he has been suspended indefinitely from our football team. Once this process is complete and all the details have emerged, we will handle the outcome appropriately. As this is an ongoing situation, we will not be able to comment any further at this time.” – Head Coach Bob Davie.

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