Gators football player helped stop sexual battery behind popular bar

Monica Garcia reports. 7/22/2016

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Christopher Shaw, 34, has been arrested on sexual battery charges after police say he raped a 19-year-old woman behind a popular Gainesville bar early Thursday morning. 

Following an investigation, detectives believe Shaw may have raped other women. 

 

 

Police report Gators linebacker Cristian Garcia, helped stop the assault. The Miami-native played in one game last year, according to FloridaGators.com. Garcia told First Coast News that he works security at 101 Cantina and witnessed the assault take place. 

According to the linebacker, he was taking out the trash when he spotted the two by the dumpsters. Initially he thought they were having consensual intercourse, but once he got closer he noticed the girl was unconscious. 

"The girl was basically unconscious, so I knew there was no way she could be giving consent," Garcia said. 

According to Garcia the man's friends were watching the assault take place, and did nothing to help. 

Garcia said he walked up to the man and grabbed his shoulders and told him he needed to stop. That's when Garcia said the clearly intoxicated man got violent and threw a few punches. 

"I hold strong moral values and I don't think anyone should be taken advantage of in that kind of way," Garcia said. 

If you have any information, please contact GPD Detective Cpl. Amanda Prince at 352-393-7618. You can also make an anonymous rape report by visiting www.ReportRapeGainesville.org or provide anonymous information by texting keyword GPDFL plus your tip to 274637.

Related story: Police found sexual battery suspect in Gainesville

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Corrections & Clarifications: Gainesville Police originally released Cristian Garcia's name with an 'h' in it. There is no 'h' in Garcia's name.


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