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Three women from Santa Monica, California acted swiftly and stopped a potentially deadly scenario from happening to another woman.

Sonia Ulrich and two of her friends were dining out at a Santa Monica Restaurant when they noticed a man slip a substance from a vial into his dates drink after she left the table to go to the restroom. Ulrich then followed the woman into the restroom to advise her about what she had seen.

Three women from Santa Monica, California acted swiftly and stopped a potentially deadly scenario from happening to another woman.

Sonia Ulrich and two of her friends were dining out at a Santa Monica Restaurant when they noticed a man slip a substance from a vial into his dates drink after she left the table to go to the restroom. Ulrich then followed the woman into the restroom to advise her about what she had seen. Ulrich believed that the man and woman were on a first date, however, the woman stated that she had known the man for a long time and he was one of her close friends.

The women alerted the staff at the restaurant and they attempted to stall the couple until the police could arrive. Ulrich stated that as the woman went back to the table, seemingly not rattled by what she had told he. She observed the man trying to get the woman to drink by making repeated toasts with her.

The couple made it through dinner and the staff luckily did not dump out the drink that was laced. In order to get the man to stay until police arrived, the staff stated that their computer system was down and couldn’t get a payment to go through.

Police arrived and confiscated the glass that had been tampered with and took the man into custody without incident. Ulrich and her friend’s were surprised by how many women in the restaurant came to them after the incident and thanked them for their actions. Those women had all been victims and potential victims of sexual assault.

The Santa Monica Police arrested 24 year old Michael Hsu. He was charged with intent to commit rape and drugging with the intent to commit rape which are all felony charges. His bail was set at $1 million dollars and He will be arraigned on June 7, 2016.

The police haven’t identified the substance that was placed in the victim’s drink as of yet. The have also praised Ulrich and her friends for stepping forward. A spokesman from the Santa Monica Police Department stated that most people see rape as a crime that involves weapons and extreme violence, however, that isn’t always the case.

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