Florida Gators linebacker Cristian Garcia credited with helping stop sexual assault

Posted at 7:49 AM, Jul 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-25 07:57:38-04

(WTLV/NBC) - A University of Florida football player is being praised for helping stop a sexual assault outside a bar in Gainesville.

While working security early Thursday morning, gator linebacker Cristian Garcia and Roy Simmons spotted a couple near a dumpster.

The two bouncers said the suspect, 34-year-old Christopher Shaw, claimed the 19-year-old woman was his girlfriend.

But Garcia and Simmons realized the woman was only partially coherent and mumbling, asking for help.

The two bouncers stepped in, and after a scuffle, Garcia and Simmons pulled the suspect off the woman and called the police.

Shaw was arrested and faces several charges for sexual battery.

After investigating, detectives believe Shaw may be connected to other rapes.

Courtesy: WTLV via NBC News Channel