Who is Jonathan Suárez-Cortés? Orlando City soccer star and his brother 'rape' woman after she said no to 'fun'
KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA: Jonathan Suárez-Cortés, who plays as a defender in the Orlando City SC soccer team, was placed under arrest with his brother on charges of sexual battery, according to reports. The brothers were reportedly arrested by the Osceola County Police on February 23, for allegedly raping a woman at their apartment in Kissimmee, Florida on Sunday, February 21, stated reports.
Who is Jonathan Suárez-Cortés?
Born on February 22, 1997, in Anaheim, California, 24-year-old Jonathan Suárez-Cortés plays as a midfielder or full-back for Orlando City in Major League Soccer.
In school, he scored 44 goals for the soccer team, breaking the school scoring record of MLS icon and United States international player Ante Razov. Jonathan left school in 2015 to play with Dock Sud in Argentina's third division. He had a brief stint in Portugal before signing with Querétaro in Liga MX in 2016.
After two years with the club's under-20 team, the player joined Cimarrones de Sorona on loan for the 2017-18 season. His senior debut happened in January 2018 as a 65th-minute substitute for Copa MX. Over the course of the next few years, he had a fairly good performance.
On February 3, 2021, just days before his arrest, Jonathan was chosen to play for Orlando City for a season and acquired on loan from Querétaro FC. MLS suspended him a day after his arrest.
What did Jonathan and his brother do?
On Sunday, February 21, Jonathan Suárez-Cortés and his brother 25-year-old Rafael Suárez Jr allegedly met with the woman at TopGolf on Universal Boulevard, according to a report by Orlando Sentinel. The trio had reservations for 4.30 pm and they seemingly spent their time drinking for about two hours.
The woman, accompanied by her friend, went to the Jamison Apartments where the Suárez brothers resided. They spent quite some time playing beer pong. Afterward, the woman ended up having consensual sex with Rafael Suárez Jr in his room.
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However, during that time, Rafael let his brother Jonathan into the room. He declared that he wanted "in on the fun" immediately after entering, it was reported. Much to the shock of the woman, she refused both of them, firmly saying "No". However, Jonathan forced her to perform a sexual act on him, in clear violation of her consent, claimed the report.
Even when the victim struggled to pull away, Suárez continued to force her, while also instructing his brother to resume having sex with her, according to the allegations filed with the police.
After the ordeal was over, the woman left with a friend and confided in them about her assault on Monday. The friend encouraged her to seek police action. While reporting the assault to police, she showed them both the brothers' Instagram pages.
Initially, the duo was arrested on first-degree felony charges, but later their defense lawyer managed to turn it into a second-degree felony for sexual battery. If proven guilty, the brothers can face up to 15 years in state prison. A bond of $20,000 each has been set on them at the court on Wednesday, February 24, afternoon.