University of New Mexico police have arrested a third suspect in the reported criminal sexual assault of a student on April 13. SaQwan Edwards, 21, turned himself in to the Metropolitan Detention Center Tuesday evening. He faces two counts of second-degree criminal sexual penetration and one count of kidnapping. He is being held without bond.
Edwards is a redshirt senior cornerback on the UNM Lobo football team. His hometown is Houston, Texas.
UNMPD served a search warrant to gather DNA from Edwards on Friday, April 25. The evidence was sent to the State Crime Lab for processing. After consulting with the District Attorney’s office Tuesday, a District Court Judge issued an arrest warrant for Edwards.
Head Lobo Football Coach Bob David said, “In accordance with policy, SaQwan Edwards has been suspended indefinitely from our football program.”
This arrest follows an ongoing investigation that began about 3 a.m. on Sunday, April 13, when a female student notified the Community Assistant (CA) at her dorm that she was the victim of criminal sexual penetration. The CA contacted UNM Police. An officer responded and transported the victim to the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.) Unit. Evidence collected by SANE was sent to the State Crime Lab for processing. UNMPD also notified an investigator from the Sexual Assault Response Team, who initiated an investigation, as well.
Two other men have already been arrested in the case including another UNM football player, 20-year-old Crusoe Gongbay and 21-year-old Ryan Ruff, a former student. The suspects turned themselves in to UNMPD Monday, April 21. Both face the same charges as Edwards: two counts of second-degree criminal sexual penetration and one count of kidnapping. Gongbay and Ruff are out on bond.
Along with the criminal investigation, the University of New Mexico is conducting its own separate investigation. If the alleged perpetrator/perpetrators, who are students, are found responsible, they will be held accountable under the Student Code of Conduct, which can include expulsion and a ban from campus.
“The University is continuing to work with the survivor through a number of different resources on campus, to provide support in whatever way we can,” said Tomas Aguirre, UNM Dean of Students.
If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please call UNM Police at (505) 277-2241 or use the anonymous tip line on the UNMPD website, police.unm.edu, and follow the links to “submit an anonymous tip.”