Stanford Rape Case: Swedish Grad Student Recounts Nabbing Rapist Brock Turner [Video]

A Swedish Grad Student at Stanford, who was hailed a hero for his role in stopping another student from sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, has spoken publicly for the first time about witnessing the distressing scene.

Carl-Fredrik Arndt spoke to Swedish news outlet Expressen on Tuesday about that night in January 2015 when former Stanford varsity swimmer Brock Allen Turner sexually assaulted a 23-year-old student. Arndt stated that he and his friend Peter Jonsson were cycling through campus near the Kappa Alpha fraternity house in Jan 2015 when they saw something suspicious going on behind a dumpster. The men saw Turner on top of a seemingly unconscious, semi-naked woman, and immediately figured something was wrong. The woman was not moving but Turner was “aggressively thrusting his hips into her.” Once they intervened, an alarmed Turner tried to flee, but the students tackled him and pinned him down until the police arrived and arrested him.

Carl recounted the events of that night in the interview.

“We can see that she isn’t moving at all but he is moving a lot. So we stop and think that there is something strange going on.”

“Peter walks over and asks what he is doing and I am following him. When he stands up we see that she still isn’t moving, even the slightest, so we approach and ask something like: ‘What the hell are you doing?’”

Peter chased after the offender and tackled him down while Carl checked on the victim to see if she was okay. After checking on her, he helped his friend pin the offender down to the ground until the police arrived. “She was unconscious. The entire time. I checked her and she didn’t move at all,” Arndt told CBS News.

Brock Turner, 20, was found guilty for his involvement in the Stanford Rape Case and was set to face a penalty of up to 14 years in a state prison. However after a hearing last week, Judge Aaron Persky of the Santa Clara County Superior Court sentenced Turner to 6 months in county prison followed by a three year probation, arguing that a harsher sentence would have “severe impact” on the 20-year-old. The decision has since met with a lot of outrage from not only the victim, but the general public as well. Many have taken to social media to vent their fury. Also an online petition to oust the judge from his post has so far had 750,000 backers.

Turner’s family and friends had personally requested the court to make his sentence a bit less harsh. Turner’s father had wrote to the judge saying that his son should not have to pay such a steep price “for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.” Another letter sent by a childhood friend to the judge claimed that most of the accusations pinned against Brock were down to “political correctness.”

Meanwhile, the victim wrote her own powerful and poignant impact statement where she detailed what she remembered of the horror as well as the emotional impact of the assault. She also expressed her gratitude towards the two “heroes” who saved her life.

“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.”

Jonsson wrote on Facebook on Tuesday urging everyone to read the victim’s letter adding that he would not publicly comment on the trial or its outcome but thanked “everyone, friends and strangers, for all the encouragement and support shown over the last few days and months.”

[Images via Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office]