College football player saves woman from rape behind bar dumpster

Christopher Shaw. (Image courtesy Alachua County jail)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (KRON) – Two men, including a University of Florida linebacker, intervened when they saw a man allegedly raping an unconscious, 19-year-old woman behind a dumpster outside a Florida bar.

Gainesville police said two witnesses separated 34-year-old Christopher Shaw and the intoxicated woman when they noticed what was happening. They also took video of the incident for evidence.

The witnesses, identified by CNN as Cristian Garcia and Leroyea Simmons, told investigators the woman was unable to walk on her own and had difficulty talking and keeping her eyes open.

Police say she told investigators in a hospital interview that she didn’t know Shaw and that she tried to push him away but kept losing consciousness.

Shaw was charged with sexual battery and jailed on a $500,000 bond. Jail records did not list an attorney for him Friday.

The Associated Press and CNN contributed to this report

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