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Incident At Lafayette Bar Focuses Attention On Local Use Of Date Rape Drugs

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A first date at a local bar ended badly Thursday after the fire department and police were called to treat a woman who fell after reporting feeling light-headed – the women telling firefighters she suspected her date may have placed something in her drink.

No evidence of drink tampering has been uncovered thus far, though investigators said the woman’s drink was taken into evidence and is being analyzed by the police crime lab.

The woman’s date was interviewed by police but allowed to leave as there was no proof that he had done anything wrong, according to investigators.

The pair were on a first date arranged through an Internet dating service and had met for drinks at a popular local restaurant (NEWS24/680 is withholding the name of the establishment as there is nothing to indicate any of its employees acted inappropriately either before or after the incident) when the 28-year-old victim reported feeling lightheaded and fell while inside the business at around 7:30 p.m.

Police said firefighters were summoned, the woman reporting that she felt light-headed and that she believed her date “may have placed something” in her drink. Readers of this site, many of them female and workers in the food and beverage service industry, wrote saying that incidents involving so-called “Date Rape” drugs is more prevalent then recognized – citing instances of occurrence in Danville and Walnut Creek.

The woman in Thursday’s incident was taken to the police station and interviewed, according to investigators, and the sample of her drink taken for further testing. She was eventually cleared by medical personnel and transported home by officers to the care of her family.

Lafayette Police Chief Eric Christensen said the incident is currently under investigation by LPD detectives who are reviewing video recordings from the business.

Christensen pointed out that there have been some changes to California Law this year targeting the use of “date rape drugs,” largely undetectable substances which can be slipped into a person’s drink with little telltale evidence left behind.

“While there is nothing to show this was involved in this specific incident, it’s important to recognize that these types of incidents do occur,” Christensen wrote. “Individuals should be cautious with those that they may be meeting for the first time to ensure that they watch their food and drink, denying someone who may have criminal intentions an opportunity. If you believe you are not feeling well and may have been drugged, you should do exactly as this woman did – let others know.”

17 COMMENTS

    • So we’ve been told, Bethany Ann… additives difficult to trace and incidents difficult to document.

  1. Glad she is ok but too much alcohol has has a tendency of leading to other problems. Interesting to find out there are cameras in the business which has to be one of four or five places downtown.

  2. I report to you from a time when America was reputedly GREAT. That would be my youth, and I consider it my duty to report to you the following. I believe it was the Alley Oop comic strip that occasionally showed the caveman on a date, dragging his unconscious “intended”, by the hair, stone-age club in his hand. This was the humor of my youth. I would submit a sample of this kind of humor as documentation, but alas, I believe it has been scrubbed. If anyone out there with superior “wayback” skills can document this I think it would be constructive. In any event, date rape is as ancient as insecure men with short fingers and a scary sense of entitlement.

  3. You should publish the name of the bar so that other women don’t have this happen to them. You are not violating any libel law by reporting where the date took place. Omitting the name of the bar isn’t doing anyone a favor; first, because the facts are the facts (the victim says she was there), and second, because no one is accusing the bar of wrongdoing. But for public safety, you need to do more and have more courage.

  4. “0f the many things I learned during my time in the trenches was how often those questioning our courage stayed safe and warm in the dugouts when it came time to advance…”

    Always remembered that.

  5. An observation on lack of courage requires no courage and no insight beyond what ordinary people already observe.

  6. Scott, the name of the restaurant/bar should be withheld. Publishing the name of the bar will not protect other women, but it will hinder the business establishment. The business hasn’t done anything wrong, and businesses are in business to make money.

    We weren’t there, but either her drink was spiked, or she had too much to drink, and she fell. Let it play out, and trust the media to report back when the results are in.

    • @Daniel – None of any kind, though we have dined there and enjoyed the experience. Our rationale, once again, was that aside from the fact this incident took place at the restaurant, no one there appears involved in any way.

  7. I find it odd that this site would be chided for electing to protect a local business with which it has no apparent ties while another local publication has the executive director of the Orinda chamber of commerce working as one of its reporters. I wasn’t a journalism major but I find that kind of hard to believe.

    • @Sue – No comment on the employment status of reporters at other publications. We do what we do, they do what they do. As for protecting a local business, dedicated readers will note that we have no problem naming names and, when applicable, businesses found guilty of wrongdoing. In this case naming the business where the incident occurred did not – in our estimation – advance the information related in any way. Still waiting for those tests to come back…

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