One Night Out Turned These Ladies Into Heroes
Three Women Help Thwart Plot To Drug A Woman In A Santa Monica Restaurant
Sonia Ulrich, Marla Saltzer, and Monica Kenyon were not expecting to become heroes when they set out to Happy Hour at the Fig Restaurant in Santa Monica, CA. They were having a grand evening, until Kenyon saw something that would make every parent’s blood boil.
“I was looking up and saw this guy looking completely suspicious,” Kenyon tells PEOPLE. “He seems really nervous and then I see his hands twist a little bit and I see something fall from them and into the wine glass in front of him. Immediately my thought was, ‘Oh My God’ did I just see that.”
After the group debated on what to do, the woman got up to use the restroom and Ulrich followed after her. According to a post on Ulrich’s facebook page, she approached the woman and said, “Hey! Um, this is kind of weird, but, uh, we saw the guy you were with put something in your drink.” The woman was absolutely stunned by the news. Ulrich had hoped to hear that the woman had just met the man, but she told her that he was one of her best friends.
Shortly after, Saltzer told a server what they saw. The server then informed management and security, who reviewed security footage to confirm the report. Meanwhile, the evening continued on. Saltzer noticed the man clinking his glass to the woman’s several times to get her to drink the tainted wine. The manager checked on the table, and the staff stalled the couple’s meals and bill, while they awaited the Santa Monica Police to arrive on the scene.
Michael Hsu, 24, was arrested at the restaurant by Santa Monica Police. Hsu was found with three vials of an unknown substance in his possession, one of which was empty. The substance has been sent off to examiners to determine what it is. Hsu is charged with one felony count each of administering a drug and assault with intent to commit a sex crime. He is in custody on $1 million bail.
“You hear these stories at a club but it was not the case here. It is not the boogeyman in the dark corner lurking to jump on you. It could be someone you know,” says Ulrich. Statistics from the CDC report that 1 in 5 women have been victims of rape, often by someone they know. A report in the journal Psychology of Violence, published on May 23rd, shows that episodes of drink spiking have also increased on college campuses [See: How Well Do You Know Drink Safety].
Ulrich recounted the evening’s events on her Facebook Page. The post has been shared on the social media site over 116,000 times and continues to spread.
Well Done Ladies! We Salute You!