University of Florida football junior linebacker Cristian Garcia assisted in stopping a rape that was happening behind a Gainesville restaurant early Thursday morning. Garcia was working security at 101 Cantina when he and his co-worker saw the rapist and the woman behind the bar’s Dumpster.
quote:Gainesville police arrested 34-year-old Christopher Shaw and charged him with sexual battery.
“I was taking out the garbage, and I saw the man pressing the woman up against the Dumpster. At first the guy said she was his girlfriend, but about five seconds later I realized the girl was unconscious,” Garcia told GatorSports.com. “I turned around and pulled the guy by the shoulder and said, ‘Get off.’ That pretty much ended the situation then. He was intoxicated and attempted to throw some punches, but he slipped and busted his face on the wall.”
The rape was captured on video by another one of the witnesses. According to the Gainesville police report, the woman was unable to walk on her own, couldn’t keep her eyes open and had difficulty speaking.
“I hold strong moral values and I don’t think anyone should be taken advantage of in that kind of way,” Garcia told local television station WTLV. “The girl was basically unconscious, so I knew there was no way she could be giving consent.”
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