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The Students That Stopped The Stanford Attacker Have Spoken Out

They've been called 'heroes', and for good reason

Carl-Fredrik Arndt and Peter Jonsson were key witnesses in the Stanford sexual assault case against Brock Turner – they were the two students that saw him on top of his victim, and managed to tackle him and call the police as he was running away when the events happened about a year ago.

The two Swedish graduate students were biking to a party when they noticed Turner, and the victim has since described them both as ‘heroes’. She has even mentioned that she keeps a picture of two bikes pinned above her bed to remember herself that there are heroes in this story.

Arndt was a teaching assistant at Stanford at the time, teaching in maths and engineering while he was completing PhD, while Jonsson has just completed his Master of Science degree in management science and engineering.

The students have now spoken to Swedish newspaper Expressen about the incident, which Buzzfeed News has reported on in English. So far, this is the only comment they have given as they are not currently speaking any further to the press.

Describing the incident, Arndt said: “We saw that she was not moving, while he was moving a lot. So we stopped and thought, ‘This is very strange.’

“When he got up we saw that she still wasn’t moving at all, so we walked up and asked something like, ‘What are you doing?’”

After approaching Turner and asking him what was going on, they exchanged a few words and Turner soon turned and ran. Jonsson chased after him and caught him before he got too far.

When Arndt leaned over to check if the victim was still alive, he remarked that: “She lay perfectly still.”

They gave their reports to the police and testimonies in trial but have never come face-to-face with the victim.

Brock Turner was sentenced to three months of a six-month sentence in county jail with probation, as the judge was worried that a longer sentence would a worryingly ‘severe impact’ on Turner. The public has since petitioned to have the judge recalled.

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