undated photo released by the Gainesville, Florida, Police
Department shows Christopher Shaw. Police say video taken by
a bystander shows Shaw raping an unconscious woman behind a
trash bin outside a Florida restaurant on Thursday, July 21,
Police say a University of Florida football player helped stop the
rape of an unconscious woman behind a trash bin outside a bar.
told First Coast News (http://fcnews.tv/29Qzrvb
) he was taking out the trash Thursday morning from the bar where
he works security when he noticed a couple having sex. He first
thought it was consensual, but then saw the woman was unconscious.
Garcia said the man's friends were watching the assault, and did
nothing to help. The incident was videotaped.
Garcia said he
and another witness walked up and stopped it.
around and pulled the guy by the shoulder and said 'Get off.' That
pretty much ended the situation then," Garcia told The
Gainesville Sun (http://bit.ly/2aiEiER
). "He was intoxicated and attempted to throw some punches,
but he slipped and busted his face on the wall."
arrested Christopher Shaw, 34, and charged him with sexual battery
of the 19-year-old victim.
police spokesman Ben Tobias confirmed that Garcia and Leroyea
Simmons helped stop the rape and identified Shaw in a photo
Press does not generally identify victims of sexual assault.
Shaw remains in
Alachua County Jail with bail set at $500,000.
Garcia, a Miami
native who will be a junior, walked on to the team last season
after previously working in the video department. He played in one
game last season for the Gators, recording two tackles in
Florida's 41-7 loss to Michigan in the Citrus Bowl.
intervention in the rape came after a recent spate of sexual
assault cases nationally involving student-athletes.
On July 15,
former Vanderbilt football player Cory Batey was sentenced to 15
years in prison after being convicted of taking part in the gang
rape of an unconscious female student in June 2013.
Last month, a
judge sentenced former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to
six months in jail and ordered him to register as a sex offender
for life after a jury convicted him of raping a student behind a
campus dumpster in January 2015. Prosecutors had sought a six-year
sentence. The lighter sentence prompted charges that the white
judge was lenient with Turner, who is white and from a wealthy
family, because the judge also played sports at Stanford.
quarterback Luke Del Rio — the son of Oakland Raiders head coach
Jack Del Rio — said in an Instagram post (http://bit.ly/2a19Dte
) about Garcia: "Hopefully the media will talk about the good
and not just the bad. Proud to be a teammate of Cristian