ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Crusoe Gongbay was set to be UNM’s starting running back next season.
According to a criminal complaint, Gongbay, UNM dropout Ryan Ruff and another unidentified man spotted a woman outside a house party in a neighborhood near Constitution and San Mateo on April 13.
The complaint states after the men spoke to the victim and her friend outside for a few minutes, Ruff, “put his arms around (her) and stated, “No she is coming with us.”
According to the complaint, Ruff drove off with the two men and woman inside. The woman alleges Gongbay and the unidentified man took turns raping her. The victim told police that the unidentified man raped her first and “…she begged him to stop but the male would not.”
The complaint states Crusoe then raped the woman before Ruff dropped the unidentified man and Crusoe off at an unknown location.
According to the complaint, Ruff then took the woman to UNM’s campus where she says “…Ryan Ruff put the gun to her head and told her she would have sex with him as well.”
Both Ruff and Gongbay have turned themselves in to police. UNM police won’t say whether they’ve identified the third man accused of raping the woman yet. He’s described as a 6 foot tall, 180 pound black male with short hair on the sides and long hair on top.
Ruff was in court Tuesday afternoon. A public defender tried to get his $100,000 cash or surety bond lowered.
“He is employed full time, he denies these allegations and for that reason we ask for a lower bond,” said the public defender.
However, the judge denied the request.
Meanwhile, Gongbay has posted bail. He’s been suspended from UNM’s football team indefinitely.
“In some ways I feel responsible, in some ways I feel angry, in some ways I feel sad,” said Bob Davie, UNM’s head football coach. “We understand the severity of it. All of our players understand the severity.”
On Twitter Tuesday, Gongbay posted a message stating the following: “LOL sometimes people just out here to get you when you got a future ahead of you.”
His teammate, wide receiver Dameon Gamblin defended Gongbay on Twitter writing: “Like I said last night.. bad things can happen to good people. We gonna be there for my man Crusoe. He gone beat this!”
Davie said he hadn’t seen that tweet when asked about it Tuesday evening.
“I think that’s a natural reaction by players,” Davie said. “I can understand why Dameon Gamblin did that but you know I’m certainly going to address that. I talked to [the team] last night about how everything we say needs to be said in our meeting room.”
The alleged victim’s attorney released a statement Monday saying the girl is no longer in school, has moved back home and is in therapy.