Charges dropped for third suspect in UNM rape case

SaQwan Edwards
Rape charges have been dropped against the UNM Student at this time.

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The District Attorney’s late Thursday dropped all charges against Lobo football player SaQwan Edwards, the third man accused of raping a UNM student in early April.

Charges against the other two suspects, Lobo player Crusoe Gongbay and CNM student Ryan Ruff, were dropped earlier this week.

But, the three are not yet in the clear.

Prosecutors do not have enough evidence to take the case to the Grand Jury, but if investigators find more, that could still happen.

Earlier this week, Ruff’s attorney showed videos to reporters that he claims prove Ruff is innocent.

They show the woman who claims she was raped giving lap dances and appearing to voluntarily have sex with one of the men.

In another development late Thursday, her attorney, Brad Hall claims in a statement she was apparently drugged that night – and can’t recall being in some of the places where the videos were made.

In response, Ruff’s attorney sent a statement, questioning why Hall is bringing a new element into the case nearly three months later, when no mention of it was reported by the woman according to the affidavit & arrest warrant.

Meanwhile, UNM Police could turn over their completed investigation to the District Attorney as soon as Friday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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