Second suspect wanted in rape at UCF fraternity party turns self in, cops say

The second suspect wanted after police say a woman was raped at a fraternity party was arrested Wednesday.

Antonio Camargos Ortiz Candido, 21, turned himself in to the Orange County Jail after police at the University of Central Florida issued a warrant for his arrest.

A woman reported the rape after a “New Years in July” party at the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

She attended the party on July 22 with friends but got separated and started talking to Alexander Emilio Garces, 22, and Candido, authorities said.

She told police she was friends with Garces, so she felt comfortable when he asked her to go upstairs with them, an arrest affidavit said.

When they got in a bedroom, Candido locked the door and Garces started playing music, an arrest report states.

She told police she tried screaming but Candido covered her mouth then wrapped his other hand around her throat, an arrest report states.

Garces, a senior at UCF and member of the fraternity, was arrested Monday.

Candido is a former member of Alpha Tau Omega, who graduated from UCF in spring.

Candido and Ortiz face charges of sexual battery and kidnap or false imprisonment.

“The serious charges reflect that we have a zero-tolerance policy for sexual violence,” said UCF Police Chief Richard Beary.

“We must be clear that sexual assault and all forms of violence do not have a place at UCF.”

The university suspended the fraternity Wednesday.

This is the third time the school suspended Alpha Tau Omega in the past five years.

Two letters sent from UCF to the fraternity accuse its members of lying to university officials after the woman reported being raped to police.

The letters state the fraternity withheld information or provided false, misleading, incomplete or incorrect information to university workers or police.

The school also accused the fraternity of several other violations, including disruptive conduct, underage drinking and failing to take steps to prevent underage drinking on its property.

The suspension means ATO will not be able to participate in any on- or off-campus events, including fundraisers, socials or recruitment.

The letter states UCF will hold a hearing on Aug. 23 in the Office of Student Conduct to determine the status of the interim suspension.

Alpha Tau Omega released a statement late Wednesday, explaining they will work with school.

The group also said they suspended Garces and the party was approved by UCF and “held in accordance to strict university guidelines.”

Staff Writer Krista Torralva contributed to this report.

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