Women Prevent Date Drugging, Urge Others To Do The Same


Three California women credited with preventing a date drugging urge others to take action when presented with a similar situation.

On May 26, Sonia Ulrich, Marla Saltzer and Monica Kenyon were at the Fig Restaurant at the Fairmont Miramar hotel in Santa Monica.

During their night out, Kenyon noticed a man and a woman at a nearby table. Once the woman went to the bathroom, the man reached for her glass and placed something inside.

"I just stared at him and watched something fall from his hand into the glass below," Kenyon told KABC.

When Kenyon made a "funny face" as she watched the incident unfold, the other two women inquired as to why.

"I said, 'I just saw that guy put something in her drink,'" Kenyon recalled. "We're all like, what do we do?"

Ulrich decided to find this woman and tell her what had happened.

"I found her in there and I just said, 'Hey I know this is weird, but we saw that guy you're with put something in your drink,’” Ulrich said.

According to Ulrich’s Facebook post, the woman told her she had known that man for a year and a half, and he was "one of her best friends."

When Ulrich returned, Saltzer was telling the server what had happened. 

"'He pulled her glass toward him, kind of awkwardly, then he took out a little black vial,'" Kenyon explained, as written by Ulrich. "'He opened it up and dropped something in. Then he tried to play it cool, like checking his phone and hiding the vial in his hand and then trying to bring it back down slyly.'"

Security was notified, and the Santa Monica Police Department soon responded and approached the alleged suspect.

"The head of security came by and said that because we notified them immediately, they were able to go back and review the footage from the security camera," Ulrich wrote. "They got him on tape. They had proof of him drugging this girl."

Several people in the restaurant thanked the trio for taking action.

"And they all had stories of it [happening] to them or their sister or their roommate," Ulrich recalled. "That was the really amazing thing -- how many people sincerely thanked us because they had a personal experience with this type of thing."

Sources: KABC, Sonia Ulrich/Facebook / Photo credit: KABC

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