ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Three young men, including two University of New Mexico football players, have been facing rape charges since April.
On Thursday, one of their lawyers didn’t hold back, saying UNM Police have completely botched the investigation and that the futures of the young woman and the accused hang in the balance.
“We wouldn’t be here today if we didn’t have uncontroverted evidence to prove that a rape did not exist,” said George Anthony Bleus, who is representing Ryan Ruff. “The investigation conducted by the UNM Police into this matter can only be described as an investigation done by the Keystone Cops.”
In April, a female student claimed Lobo Cornerback SaQwan Edwards, Running Back Crusoe Gongbay and CNM student Ryan Ruff raped her in Ruff’s BMW.
She also said Ruff held her at gunpoint.
On Thursday, Bleus held up Ruff’s legally registered gun for reporters.
He insists Ruff did not use it, but says the woman knew he had one.
Bleus says for nearly two months, it has been sitting in a safe in the attorney’s custody, ready for when UNM Police asked for it.
They never did.
Now, he’s sending it to an independent forensic investigator.
“If a crime is alleged to have been committed with a gun, is it not reasonable, germane and important to at least procure the gun?” Bleus said.
Bleus also says UNM Police never asked for surveillance video from Lobo Village, where some of the allegations where said to take place.
“We had to go to great lengths to have a judge sign a subpoena in order that we attempt to hire a company to do a forensic investigation of the video camera,” he said.
By the time the judge granted the subpoena and Bleus hired a technician to try to retrieve the deleted video, he says it was too late,the video was permanently gone.
He also says UNM Police didn’t take Ruff’s car into evidence until a month after the alleged rape.
UNM Police declined to comment.
The University of New Mexico released a statement saying UNMPD won’t publicly discuss the details of the case.
“We are confident that our police department is handling the investigation appropriately,” the statement said. “We are concerned first and foremost for the integrity of the investigation so that justice can be served for all involved in this case.”
Meanwhile, Ruff’s lawyer claims he has other video that will prove there was no rape.
“I hope this does not hinder true rape victims from coming forward,” he said. “But my job as an attorney is to make sure the truth comes out.”
Ruff, who maintains his innocence, also spoke out for the first time.
“For the record, I am praying for her and despite what she’s done to me I do forgive her,” he said.
The case has been handed over to the District Attorney’s office. They’re still reviewing the case.
Crusoe Gongbay’s attorney, Robert Cooper, says he’s hopeful there will be a resolution soon so the the accused can “move on with their lives.”
UNM has not released the name of the young woman.