UNM running back faces sexual assault, kidnapping charges

Posted at: 04/21/2014 7:07 PM
Updated at: 04/21/2014 10:19 PM
By: Steve Mieczkowski, KOB.com

Crusoe Gongbay
Crusoe Gongbay

Crusoe Gongbay, running back for the University of New Mexico's football team, has been charged with two counts of second degree sexual penetration.

20-year-old Gongbay, who is a junior at the school, turned himself in to the UNM Police Department Monday afternoon. Gongbay's bond has been set at $ 50,000. A second person, 21-year-old Ryan Ruff, turned himself in Monday evening. Ruff's bond is at $100,000 cash or surety. Both are facing two charges each of second degree sexual penetration and one count of kidnapping. Ruff is not a student at the school.

Officers are also trying to determine the identity of a third man reported to have been involved. The third suspect is described as about six feet tall, 180-200 pounds, dark complexioned with dark hair that was short on the sides and longer on top. 

According to investigators, during the early hours of Sunday April 13, a female student reported to a Community Assistant at her dorm that she was the victim of a criminal sexual penetration. UNM Police transported the student to the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Unit, where evidence was collected.

Investigators consulted the District Attorney's office Monday before requesting arrest warrants.

UNM Head Coach Bob Davie released the following statement Monday evening: "We are aware of the allegations involving Crusoe Gongbay. Due to the obvious serious nature of these charges, he has been suspended indefinitely from our football team. Once this process is complete and all the details have emerged, we will handle the outcome appropriately. As this is an ongoing situation, we will not be able to comment any further at this time."

UNM Police ask that anyone with information regarding this incident should call 277-2241 or use the anonymous tip line on the UNMPD website, located at police.unm.edu.