A casual five-mile hike on Mt. Tam or a weekend morning surf session at Laguna Beach is always part of his routine. Sitting on the sofa and binge watching is not something that is in his DNA.
Michael Hsu, 24, was arrested on suspicion of drugging with intent to commit a felony, officials said. On Thursday, Sonia Ulrich and two other women were at Fig, an upscale restaurant in Santa Monica, when they say they noticed a man at a nearby table drop something into the glass of his date while she was in the bathroom. The next day, Ulrich posted on Facebook what happened at the restaurant.
Then he tried to play it cool, like checking his phone and hiding the vial in his hand and then trying to bring it back down slyly. But the three women noticed.
After debating at the table on what to do, Ulrich went to the bathroom to find the woman, and warn her. Ulrich asked her how well she knew her date, expecting to hear that they had just met. The poor woman had to sit through 40 more minutes, sitting across from "one of her best friends" knowing that he was trying to drug her.
Marla noticed him several times chinking his glass to hers to get her to drink. She played it cool….
Eventually, they finished up dinner. There was a delay getting their bill "The computer is down" is what the waiter kept saying to him. Then, in walks Santa Monica PD. Thomas McLaughlin. He was charged Tuesday with one felony count each of administering a drug and assault with the intent to commit a sex crime.
If Hsu is convicted of these charges, he faces up to six years in prison. Neither Hsu nor the three women who reported the incident could be reached for comment.
This incident comes at a time when the need for awareness on rape has been regularly in the spotlight. Many Americans may have misconceptions about rape, and envision a crime perpetrated by a stranger.
But according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, nearly half of sexual assaults are committed by a friend or acquaintance. Interested in the stories shaping California? The difficulty in changing the perception of rape is compounded by the fact that victims of assault may worry that nobody will believe them, or that they will be punished for reporting an assault.
Witnesses may also be wary of reporting a sexual assault because they might not recognize a crime when they see it, or know how to report it in the first place. Over the weekend, the post went viral, and commenters shared their stories with similar experiences.
1. he’s obsessed with the outdoors.
Some emphasized the role that men should play in calling out other men. It seems that for Ulrich, this uptick in awareness was the best possible outcome for this event.
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