WHAT WOULD YOU DO?!
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