As they were riding their bicycles to a party almost a year-and-a-half ago, Swedish Stanford students Carl-Fredrik Arndt and Peter Jonsson said they immediately knew something was wrong when they came upon Brock Turner sexually assaulting a woman behind a dumpster near the Stanford campus.
As Turner tried to run away, they tackled him and called the police.
During Turner’s trial for rape, the two men were called as key witnesses, and ultimately helped the prosecution earn a conviction – guilty on three counts of sexual assault with a measly sentence of 6 months in the county jail. Judge Aaron Persky thought prison would have a “severe impact” on the star Stanford swimmer.
Speaking to the Swedish media outlet Expressen, Ardnt said that as they approached the dumpster where Turner was assaulting his victim, they knew they had to act.
“We saw that she was not moving, while he was moving a lot,” Arndt said in Swedish. “So we stopped and thought, ‘This is very strange.’”
The two exchanged a few words with Turner before he suddenly turned to run away, but not before Jonsson was able to catch him and take him down.
The two men then restrained Turner and called the police. They held down the then-19-year-old swimmer until the police arrived. The men gave their reports to police and provided testimony in the trial, though they never came face-to-face with Turner’s victim.
In a letter written by the victim and published Friday, she mentioned that one of her rescuers was crying because he was so horrified by the incident.
“Thank you to the two men who saved me, who I have yet to meet,” the victim 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.”
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