A student who helped capture convicted Stanford university rapist Brock Turner in January 2015 has finally spoken out in his first interview.
Graduate student Carl-Fredrik Arndt said he and his fellow Swedish schoolmate -- Lars Peter Jonsson -- saw parts of the incident unfold on Jan. 18, 2015, with Turner “aggressively thrusting his hips into her,” according to police, the New York Daily News reports.
“She was unconscious. The entire time. I checked her and she didn't move at all,” Arndt said to 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.”
Both Arndt and Jonsson “tackled him and held him until police officers arrived.”
Jonsson burst out into tears as he described to police what they had just seen: the woman lying behind a dumpster, with her underwear missing.
Since then, the two men have been lauded as heroes.
“I can’t understate how important those two heroes were in this case,” Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Alaleh Kianerci said. “Those two heroes made this case a prosecutable one.”
The 23-year-old female victim has also expressed her gratitude publicly.
“Most importantly, thank you to the two men who saved me, who I have yet to meet,” she wrote in a letter. “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.”
The case continues to capture international attention after Judge Persky sentenced Turner to six months in prison.
It is argued that because the victim had passed out, there was no other witness besides Turner to determine whether or not there was consent.
"That happens over and over again where we think, 'Oh my god, you're ruining this poor boy's life,” said Jon Krakauer, author of "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town." He added, "No one thinks about the victim. No one thinks about her life, which has already been ruined."
Thousands are now signing a Change.org recall petition against the judge, who is running without a rival in the June 7, 2016 California elections.