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Two ASU football players arrested in separate incidents

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

Two Arizona State University football players have been arrested; one of them for sexual assault and the second for criminal damage.

22-year-old Andres Rafael Garcia was arrested Sunday night on two counts of sexual assault and one count of assault per domestic violence. According to Tempe Police, Garcia was arguing with a 21-year-old female acquaintance early Friday morning. Their argument escalated and he allegedly shoved her, and she was knocked unconscious.

"They were out that night at various bars," said Tempe Police Sgt. Michael Pooley. "He got upset, they began arguing with each other, she tried to get around him at which time he pushed her in the chest and he pushed her with quite a good amount of force that she went back, flew into a wall and she was knocked out unconscious."

Several of her friends, including Garcia, took the victim home.

When they arrived and set the victim in her bedroom, Garcia asked to speak to the victim alone, police said. He then allegedly sexually assaulted her. Pooley said the victim was unable to give consent. Garcia was booked into the Tempe City Jail.

ASU officials say that Garcia has been dismissed from the team. He was a defensive back for the Sun Devils last season.

Garcia is still in jail being held without bond. His next court appearance is June 17.

22-year-old Nduka "Junior" Onyeali is facing charges of misdemeanor criminal damage per domestic violence. Police say that Onyeali got into a fight with his girlfriend on May 19 and smashed her windshield with a wooden board. The girl was not inside at the time.

Onyeali was not booked into jail after the crime happened because he could not be found, Pooley said. The case was forwarded to the city prosecutor's office for domestic violence and criminal damage charges.

This story is developing. Check back for more information.

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