SANTA MONICA, CA. (ABC News/WRIC) — A man has been charged after three Good Samaritans stepped in and helped save a woman.
Three friends at a Santa Monica hotel said they noticed a man acting “pretty suspicious” after his female companion left to go the restroom during a Thursday happy hour.
Monica Kenyon, part of the group of Good Samaritans, thought the man was trying to lace her drink. “He for sure dropped something into her drink.”
The three friends then took action with one of them going to the restroom to alert the surprised woman. The woman replied that the man was one of her “best friends,” according to Kenyon.
The other women told restaurant staff, who then called police after reviewing the security footage.
The man, 24-year-old Michael Roe Chein Hsu, was arraigned on charges of felony administering a drug and felony assault with intent to commit a sex crime, according to Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney.
Hsu pleaded not guilty to the charges and bail was originally set at $1 million but was reduced to $350,000.
Sonia Ulrich told her and her friend’s story via Facebook where it quickly went viral. The post has been shared more than 115,000 times.
With the post, they attached a photo of the three women striking a Charlie’s Angel pose with the caption: “Don’t roofie someone on our watch.”
Ulrich encourages people to say something in situations like this, “I really wanted people to know that if they say something, it can make a difference.”