Alert Diners Apparently Stop 'Roofie' Date Rape
Santa Monica police arrest Michael Hsu, 24
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2016 5:00 PM CDT
Updated May 30, 2016 12:30 AM CDT
A Charlie's Angels-style image posted by Sonia Ulrich with her Facebook post.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Three women dining out in Santa Monica, Calif., Thursday night apparently spotted a guy slip his table-mate a "roofie"-style drug—and rushed to prevent the woman from being raped, Jezebel reports. As Sonia Ulrich writes on Facebook, she and her friends Monica Kenyon and Marla Saltzer were enjoying happy hour at FIG restaurant when Kenyon saw the guy pull out a small black vial, hide it under his cell phone, and put something in his female companion's wine while she was in the restroom. "After a few 'Oh god. What do we do's,'" writes Ulrich, she went to the restroom and informed the woman. "Oh my god," the woman said, adding that "he's one of my best friends." As she explained, they worked together and had known each other for a year and a half.

The woman returned to her table as Ulrich's pal Marla notified the manager, which led to a server walking over and the woman ordering sparkling water. "Marla noticed him several times chinking his glass to hers to get her to drink [the wine]," per Ulrich. "She played it cool." With the pair about to leave, Santa Monica PD showed up and arrested Michael Hsu, 24, on charges involving rape and drugging to commit rape, the Huffington Post reports. Restaurant video backed Ulrich's accusation, ABC News reports, and other women dining at FIG walked over to share their own horror stories. "It happened to my roommate," said one, while another said that "it happened to my sister." As one woman put it, "Some heroes don't wear capes. Thank you. It happened to me. Thank you."