Two college students have been arrested in connection with what authorities are describing as a gang rape that took place during spring break at Panama City Beach, Florida last month, NBC News reports. Police said that hundreds of bystanders did nothing to stop the assault.

According to NBC, police in Troy, Alabama arrested Troy University students Delonte Martistee, 22, and Ryan Austin Calhoun, 23 after discovering a video of the rape while investigating an unrelated shooting.

At a press conference on Friday, Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen announced the students' arrest in connection with a sexual battery by multiple perpetrators, the Panama City News Herald reports. The incident took place between March 10-12 behind the Spinnaker Beach Club.

"This is happening in broad daylight with hundreds of people seeing and hearing what is happening, and they are more concerned about spilling their beer than somebody being raped," McKeithen said. "This is such a traumatizing event for this girl. No one should have to fear this would happen in Panama City Beach, but it does."

Police said that the 19-year-old victim did not report the incident at the time because she did not remember it and that she believes she had been drugged, the News Herald reports.

"This draws the line in the sand for us," McKeithen said. "It is not safe for our children on the beach."

CNN reports that Troy University has placed Martistee and Calhoun on temporary suspension from the school, and that Martistee has been removed from the track team, of which he was a member.

Both men appeared in court on Saturday morning in Bay County, NBC affiliate WJHG reports. Their bonds were set at $50,000. Police are still looking for a third suspect shown assaulting the woman in the video.


Image via Picayune Leader. Contact the author of this post: brendan.oconnor@gawker.com.