Former ASU football player arrested on sexual assault charges

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Andres Rafael Garcia By Jennifer Thomas Andres Rafael Garcia By Jennifer Thomas

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe police detectives have arrested a former Arizona State University football player on charges of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Andres Rafael Garcia, 22, was taken into custody on Sunday.

Tempe police say that on Friday, Garcia became involved in an argument with a 21-year-old female acquaintance. That argument escalated into a physical assault.

Police say Garcia shoved the victim backward into a wall, briefly knocking her unconscious. When the victim regained consciousness, several friends, including Garcia, took the victim to her home.

When they arrived at the residence, Garcia and another friend reportedly carried the victim to her bedroom. Police say at one point, Garcia asked to speak with the victim alone, and at that time he allegedly sexually assaulted her. Police say the victim was unable to give her consent.

Garcia was booked into Tempe City Jail. He faces two counts of sexual assault and one count of assault/domestic violence.

Garcia has since been dismissed from the ASU football team. He was a defensive back who joined the Sun Devils last season as a non-scholarship player.