DA's Office: Rape charges against UNM football player, college student dismissed

Posted at: 06/24/2014 7:21 AM
Updated at: 04/21/2016 4:13 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Crusoe Gongbay (left), SaQwan Edwards (center), Ryan Ruff (right)
Crusoe Gongbay (left), SaQwan Edwards (center), Ryan Ruff (right)

The District Attorney's Office on Tuesday confirmed charges against a UNM football player and another college student accused in a rape case have been dismissed.

According to spokeswoman Kayla Anderson, the district attorney has temporarily dismissed charges against Lobo football player Crusoe Gongbay and Ryan Ruff. They also anticipate dropping charges against the other football player accused in the case, SaQwan Edwards.

However, the charges may be refiled at any point, Anderson said.

"At this time, we are awaiting a complete case from UNMPD," Anderson wrote in a statement. "In addition, we are reviewing DNA evidence.  We will review all evidence once it is available and make our determination.  It would be inappropriate for us to try this case in the media."

In April, the alleged victim told police she was gang raped by Ruff and the two football players.

Police said the alleged victim told them the three men raped her while driving in a blue BMW. Police also said the victim told them Ruff pulled a gun on her.

Edwards and Gongbay were both suspended from the team indefinitely.

UNM football coach Bob Davie has stayed silent throughout the investigation, saying he cannot comment.

The attorney of one of the accused men will hold a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.