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It was a beau­ti­ful evening in LA. A young woman and one of her clos­est male friends headed to the swanky Santa Mon­ica restau­rant Fig, where they shared a bot­tle of red wine against a back­drop of gor­geous peo­ple and stun­ning views of the ho­tel’s lush gar­den and pool.

But what be­gan as a fun Thurs­day night out quickly de­volved into a ter­ri­fy­ing night­mare. When the girl briefly left her date at their ta­ble to go to the ladies’ room, three women sit­ting nearby say they wit­nessed the man put some­thing in her drink. “I saw some­thing fall from his hand into her glass,” Mon­ica Kenyon, who’d been en­joy­ing a meal with pals Marla Saltzer and So­nia Ul­rich on May 26, tells In Touch. “We knew we had to do some­thing.”

They im­me­di­ately sprung into ac­tion. Marla found a waiter and in­formed him of what they’d seen while So­nia headed to the bath­room to tell the woman. “I said, ‘I know this sounds weird, but we saw the guy you were with put some­thing in your drink,’” So­nia re­calls to In Touch. “She was stunned and said, ‘Oh my God, he’s one of my best friends.’” As the shocked woman (who hasn’t been iden­ti­fied) sat back down with her friend and “played things cool,” man­age­ment “started look­ing at se­cu­rity footage and alerted po­lice,” Marla ex­plains.

Their quick think­ing had, it ap­pears, saved the day. Po­lice soon showed up and ar­rested the man, iden­ti­fied as Michael Hsu, 24. He has been charged with ad­min­is­ter­ing a drug and as­sault with in­tent to com­mit a sex crime. Hsu pleaded not guilty and is due in court on June 14. Test re­sults of the woman’s drink are still pend­ing. His lawyer, Joshua Rit­ter, tells In Touch, “[It’s] very dis­turb­ing to me that they would file any charges with­out hav­ing any test re­sults,” adding, “The al­le­ga­tions sim­ply do not ring true.”

The story has gone vi­ral. The fol­low­ing day, So­nia posted a photo on Face­book of the trio pos­ing as Charlie’s An­gels along with their story. It re­ceived nearly 120,000 shares. They’ve been over­whelmed by the sup­port for their amaz­ing in­ter­ven­tion, with many women say­ing they had been vic­tims in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion. “It’s so im­por­tant that we look out for each other,” says So­nia. “I wrote the post to let peo­ple know that if you see some­thing, say some­thing. You might need some­one to speak up for you one day.”

— Re­port­ing by Rick Egusquiza

Three quick-think­ing friends in­ter­vene af­ter they wit­ness a man put some­thing in his date’s drink

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