New Mexico RB Crusoe Gongbay Arrested on Suspicion of Rape and Kidnapping

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2014

Nov 2, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; New Mexico Lobos running back Crusoe Gongbay (2) runs for a touchdown during the third quarter against the San Diego State Aztecs at Qualcomm Stadium.The Aztecs won 35-30. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Crusoe Gongbay and two accomplices allegedly forced a female student into a car before proceeding to rape her, hold a gun to her head and terrorize her for multiple hours earlier this month, so say court documents related to the multiple charges facing the suspended New Mexico running back.   

In public records obtained by TMZ Sports, a woman alleges Gongbay and two other males kidnapped her at a university parking lot on April 13. The first man forced her to perform oral sex before raping her, while Gongbay and the other watched and served as accomplices. Gongbay then proceeded to do the same.

According to the allegations, Gongbay and the first accomplice were later dropped off at an unknown location. The third accomplice, yet to be identified by police, then held a gun to the female's head and forced her into oral sex before raping her again. The woman has identified two of the men, Gongbay and another male, but the third remains unknown.

Gongbay, a junior, was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree criminal sexual penetration and one count of kidnapping, according to university police records. Lieutenant Tim Stump told Joseph J. Kolb of Reuters that Gongbay was still being held in jail while awaiting $50,000 bond.

Gongbay was immediately suspended from the New Mexico football team, and his status with the university remains uncertain. 

“Due to the obvious serious nature of these charges, he has been suspended indefinitely from the team,” head coach Bob Davies said in an official statement, via Kolb.

The other identified perpetrator, Ryan Ruff, has also surrendered to police on similar charges. Ruff, 21, is being held on $100,000 bond. He is not a New Mexico student, nor does he have any known connection to the football program.

Sep 14, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New Mexico Lobos running back Crusoe Gongbay (2) carries the ball against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Panthers won 49-27. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY S

Expected to be the Lobos' starting running back as a senior, Gongbay rushed for 592 yards and six touchdowns last season. He has played an integral role in New Mexico's offense in two of his three college seasons and was one of the Mountain West Conference's most explosive backs in 2013. New Mexico went just 3-9 last season but averaged 308.8 rushing yards per game, fourth best in the country.

The allegations, if true, would undoubtedly end Gongbay's football career and put his freedom in jeopardy. Criminal sexual penetration to the second degree is a multi-layered crime that includes "force or coercion when the perpetrator is aided or abetted by one or more persons," under New Mexico law

If convicted, Gongbay faces up to nine years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each count of criminal sexual penetration—synonymous with rape in New Mexico. It is a second-degree felony. Kidnapping is a first-degree felony in New Mexico that comes with a maximum of 18 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

There has been no preliminary hearing date set at this time. Gongbay has not commented publicly on these charges, nor is it known if he has obtained representation.  


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