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Police seek more tips in UNM rape case

Created: 04/29/2014 10:12 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

University of New Mexico Lobo cornerback SaQwan Edwards turned himself in to the Metropolitan Detention Center Tuesday, but first, anonymous tips helped police identify him. Tonight, they’re asking for more anonymous tips from students to help them build their case.

Police say Edwards, along with running back Crusoe Gongbay and former student Ryan Ruff forced themselves on a female student in a car and took turns raping her. Edwards and Gongbay are suspended from Lobo football until the investigation is complete.

It could take weeks or months as a state crime lab analyzes a rape kit and DNA. But the fact that the alleged victim came forward right away at least makes DNA comparison possible.

“The quicker they report it the better it is for us and the better evidence can be recovered,” UNM Police Lieutenant Tim Stump said.

Police say there’s also online evidence they’re trying to get to build their case.

“We've heard a lot of stuff about social media being out there, about information on this...if anybody's captured any of this social media - a lot of it has been lost or deleted or not available...if they have that they can also submit those pictures on the anonymous tip line,” Stump said.

Police say they still don’t know who owned the blue BMW in which the victim says she was raped. They’re asking anyone with information to visit their tip line at https://police.unm.edu/default.aspx/MenuItemID/155/MenuGroup/Public+Home.htm


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