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Women credited with stopping attempted date rape

Posted at 8:41 AM, May 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-31 08:48:35-04

In Southern California, three women are being credited with quick action that may have protected a stranger from a possible attempted date rape.

Sonia Ulrich said she and her two friends, Monica Kenyon and Marla Saltzer, were at a Santa Monica restaurant last Thursday.

Ulrich said Kenyon spotted a guy put something in a woman's drink.

When the woman got up to use the restroom, Ulrich said she used the opportunity to tell the woman what her friend saw.

The post said that the woman told her, "He's one of my best friends."  Not only that, the woman said she knew the man for a year and a half and worked together.

While they had their conversation in the restroom, Saltzer told a server about the incident, who alerted management at the restaurant.

Police were called and security tape later confirmed what the women saw.

The friends said people at the restaurant came by to thank them for taking action.

Santa Monica police said the man, identified as Michael Hsu, 24,  was arrested on suspicion of intent to commit rape and drugging with the intent to commit rape.  He's being held on $1 million bail.