Charges in UNM rape case dismissed for now

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – More than two months after a UNM student accused three men, including two football players, of raping her at gunpoint, the District Attorney’s office is dismissing the charges.

Prosecutors stopped short of dropping the case altogether.

As of now, the DA’s office doesn’t have what they need to indict Lobo cornerback SaQwan Edwards, running back Crusoe Gongbay and CNM student Ryan Ruff on rape charges, but said that could change pending further investigation.

In April, a female student told UNM PD she was raped by Edwards, Gongbay and Ruff in Ruff’s BMW.

On Monday, the DA’s office dropped charges for Gongbay and Ruff. Sources said charges for Edwards, who was arrested several days after the other two, will be dismissed later this week.

Attorneys for the men said the case is full of problems and needs to be dropped altogether. They said the fact that there aren’t indictments nearly three months later indicates big problems with the case.

“The story that was given by the individual was not truthful. It’s that simple,” said Robert Cooper, attorney for Gongbay.

He declined to elaborate on why he believes she lied.

An attorney for Ruff said he would rather have the case go to trial than let it linger.

“To leave it in this state in a nolle pros doesn’t do them any good, because there will always be those citizens out there that will say, did they do this?” said attorney George Anthony Bleus.

Bleus said short of the DA’s office dropping the case and apologizing, he’s ready to reveal a sex tape from that he says will clear his client’s name.

“What we can do is put forth the evidence we have to show conclusively a rape did not occur,” Bleus said.

When KRQE News 13 asked UNM’s Athletics Department if the two football players will now be allowed to rejoin the team, a spokesperson said they weren’t aware of the dismissal, but said the decision would be up to the head coach and VP for Athletics.

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