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Grad Student Describes Catching Stanford Rapist

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A graduate student who helped capture convicted Stanford University campus rapist Brock Turner spoke Tuesday in his first interview about his heroic act.

Carl-Fredrik Arndt described the Jan. 18, 2015, assault on an unconscious woman outside a fraternity party as more letters surfaced that may have played a role in Judge Aaron Persky’s light six-month jail sentence for Turner, 20, last week. Arndt and his friend, fellow Swedish grad student Lars Peter Jonsson, saw the former All-American “aggressively thrusting his hips into her,” according to police accounts of the Jan. 18, 2015 incident.

She was unconscious. The entire time. I checked her and she didn’t move at all,” Arndt told CBS News. “The guy stood up then we saw she wasn’t moving still. So we called him out on it. And the guy ran away, my friend Peter chased after him.”

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Santa Clara County prosecutors said Arndt and Jonsson caught up to Turner and “tackled him and held him until police officers arrived.” Jonsson later broke down in tears with police investigators as he recounted finding the woman laid out behind a dumpster underneath Turner with her dress pulled up and her underwear missing, according to arresting documents obtained by The Huffington Post.

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“I can’t understate how important those two heroes were in this case,” Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Alaleh Kianerci told the news outlet. “Those two heroes made this case a prosecutable one.”

Jonsson wrote on Facebook Tuesday thanking friends and even strangers for their kind words, but noting, “At this point I will not publicly comment on the process or the outcome of the trial.” He included a link to the 23-year-old victim’s statement about the trauma of the assault and its aftermath, which includes a reference to the two bicycle riders who stopped to help her.
“Most importantly, thank you to the two men who saved me, who I have yet to meet,” she wrote. “I sleep with two bicycles that I drew taped above my bed to remind myself there are heroes in this story. That we are looking out for one another. To have known all of these people, to have felt their protection and love, is something I will never forget.”
Yet Judge Persky noted several letters of friends and loved ones attesting to Turner’s character Thursday while giving Turner six months in county jail rather than the six years in state prison recommended by prosecutors. Turner’s father Dan said in court that his son’s three felony sexual assault charges and trial are “a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20-plus years of life.”

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