Third suspect in UNM rape case arrested

Steve Mieczkowski,
Updated: 04/21/2016 4:17 PM
Created: 04/29/2014 6:42 PM

The third suspect in the case of rape of a University of New Mexico student has been arrested.

SaQwan Edwards, 21, turned himself in to the Metropolitan Detention Center Tuesday evening. Edwards faces two counts of second-degree criminal sexual penetration and one count of kidnapping.

Edwards, a cornerback, is the second UNM football player named in this case. UNM running back Crusoe Gongbay and former UNM student Ryan Ruff have already been arrested.

After UNM police got four different tips -- all naming SaQwan Edwards as the third suspect -- they got a warrant to take his DNA. A District Court Judge issued an arrest warrant Tuesday following a consultation with the District Attorney's office.

Head Lobo Football Coach Bob Davie said in a statement, “In accordance with policy, SaQwan Edwards has been suspended indefinitely from our football program.”

The University of New Mexico is also conducting its own investigation. If the students are found responsible, they will be held accountable under the Student Code of Conduct, which can include expulsion and a ban from campus.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please call UNM Police at 277-2241 or use the anonymous tip line on the UNMPD website,, and follow the links to “submit an anonymous tip.”

SaQwan Edwards

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