Police: Women drugged at bars in downtown Davis

DAVIS, Calif. (KCRA) —

Davis police are warning people to be on heightened alert after three women were recently drugged on separate occasions at bars downtown.

“We’re asking for the public’s help,” Davis police Lt. Paul Doroshov said. “If you’re a patron at a bar, and you see somebody tampering with somebody else’s drink, to at least let the bar staff know immediately.”

The most recent incident happened at Bistro 33 on Friday, police said. The other two women were drugged at G Street Wunderbar on May 1 and April 17. All three women reported unusual symptoms after drinking and later went to the emergency room. Toxicology results confirmed there was more than alcohol in their system.

“Some of the chemical tests had shown that an unknown substance was present,” Doroshov said.

Police are asking people with information to come forward.

“Whether or not it’s your best friend or it’s somebody that you have met once, if you see somebody that is in need of help, you step up,” a UC Davis student said.

The student knows all three victims and requested she remain anonymous to protect the victims’ identities. She said she helped the first two women at Wunderbar.

“She was scared because she had no recollection or any memory past that first drink, which is the same thing that happened with the first girl after that first drink — she 100% blacked out, doesn’t have a single memory from that night,” the student said.

Representatives at both bars said they train their staff to watch out for situations like these.

“If you see something, say something,” said Adam Andrews. “It seems simple, but it really is the only way to take care of it.”

Andrews, who chairs Downtown Davis’ bar committee, said it takes a village to keep everyone safe.

“We want to know if there’s a bad operator. We don’t want them here either,” he said. “Just tell us. We really want to know, believe me. You don’t want a creep in your bar ever.”

Andrews said the bars work with police and the campus to keep students safe.

“It’s never that student’s fault that this happens,” said Raeann Davis, with the UC Davis’ student health services. “We do suspect that this is something that’s under-reported and so by students reporting that to the police department, we can then do more as a community and as a campus.”

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Police-Women-drugged-at-bars-in-downtown-Davis-13829096.php.

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