Out on $100,000 bail, UCSB soccer player Eric Frimpong is now awaiting his first court appearance after allegedly raping a UCSB student on the beach by the 6500 block of Del Playa Drive early Saturday morning.
Frimpong was arrested on Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. after Isla Vista Foot Patrol officers responded to a call from Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital about a reported rape. The victim told deputies that she met the 21-year-old subject on Friday night while walking to a party before the two took a trip to the beach.
Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Dept. public information officer Sgt. Erik Raney said shortly after the woman and Frimpong arrived at the beach, the suspect allegedly turned violent and struck the woman in the face. Raney said the woman struggled and attempted to yell for help, but the suspect allegedly held her throat while he forcibly raped her.
The woman was eventually able to flee the scene, and Raney said she called 9-1-1 for help and was subsequently transported to the hospital to be treated for injuries.
Frimpong was arrested Saturday afternoon as he was playing ping-pong in an Isla Vista park, Raney said. He was then booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail. Bail was set at $100,000, and has since been posted.
Frimpong, a fourth-year applied mathematics and business economics major, is a midfielder who helped lead the UCSB soccer team to its first national title against UCLA this winter. He was drafted by the Kansas City Wizards on Jan. 19 to play in the Major League Soccer.
Ryan Hall, the assistant media relations director for the Gauchos, said the athletic department has yet to release a statement. Hall said he expects the Director of Athletics, Gary Cunningham, will be the one to comment on the incident, but does not know when.