3 women hailed as heroes after thwarting alleged date rape attempt

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Three Women Prevent Alleged Date Rape

Three women enjoying a quiet dinner in Santa Monica Thursday night went from their cheese platter to heroically thwarting an alleged date rape attempt.

One of the women, Sonia Ulrich, shared the incredible story on Facebook in a post that has since gone viral.

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Ulrich describes how she, along with friends Monica Kenyon and Marla Saltzer, were dining at the restaurant Fig at the Fairmont when Kenyon spotted a man at a nearby table putting something in his date's drink without her knowing.

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Instead of sitting quietly, Ulrich approached the woman in the bathroom and told her what Kenyon had seen.

The three women also notified the restaurant staff, who apparently asked security to look into it. According to Ulrich's post, the team at Fig at the Fairmont were able to see the man empty the vial into the woman's drink in their security footage and call the police.

While the woman boldly went back to the table as if nothing had happened, the restaurant staff delayed getting the bill to the man so the police could make the arrest.

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3 women hailed as heroes after thwarting alleged date rape attempt

Rohypnol -- Commonly known as Roofies, this is perhaps the most famous date rape drug.

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GHB -- Called Liquid Ecstasy and sometimes even "Easy Lay," this is a common date rape drug. 

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Ketamine -- Known as Special K or sometimes Super Acid, this drug has been used to commit sexual assault. 

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Alcohol -- Some say that alcohol counts as a date rape drug, since it can incapacitate people to the point where they are susceptible to assault. 

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MDMA -- Commonly known as ecstasy, some have reported cases of the popular club drug being used to commit sexual assault.  

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Sergeant Jeff Glaser of the Santa Monica Police Department confirmed the incident to Mashable. The man, Michael Hsu, has been arrested and is being held on a $1 million bail, he said.

Fig at the Fairmont was not able to comment when approached by Mashable.

Ulrich said other diners erupted with praise for the trio after the arrest, and shared their own stories about similar incidents that had happened to them or people they knew.

These three women definitely have the right approach: It's always best to speak up.

As Ulrich wrote: "to everyone who sees this and shares this and reminds each other that yes, you SHOULD say something. Even if it's awkward or weird or just uncertain if anything can be done."

Ulrich, Kenyon and Saltzer have been approached for comment.

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