Lobo athlete accused of rape faces judge

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Lobo cornerback accused of raping a UNM student was in front of a judge Wednesday.

SaQwan Edwards was the last of three suspects arrested in connection to what UNM police call the gang-rape of a student earlier in April. Edwards turned himself into the Metro Detention center Tuesday night and was charged with two counts of rape and with kidnapping.

The young woman told police that Edwards, UNM running back Crusoe Gongbay and UNM dropout Ryan Ruff got her into a car outside of a party. She said they drove off, and the three men took turns raping her in the car.

Police arrested Gongbay and Ruff last week and then received four anonymous tips claiming Edwards was the third suspect in the case.

The alleged victim in this case identified Edwards last week from a photo lineup. She told police she had also looked at the football roster, and said she knew without a doubt Edwards was the third suspect.

“I can assure the court that I booked this case very carefully, and I have in my possession a piece of forensic evidence that’s strongly indicative of Mr. Edwards innocence,” Paul Kennedy, Edwards’ attorney, said in court.

The judge set Edwards’ bond at $50,000 cash or surety.

Both Edwards and Gongbay have been suspended indefinitely from the football team.

Ruff and Gongbay have bonded out of jail.

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