FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Author: PIO Margo Rohrbacher
Date: September 26, 2013 12:50 PM

Police Investigate Two Sexual Assaults

San Rafael, CA – September 26, 2013.  San Rafael Police are investigating two cases of suspected drug-facilitated sexual assault that occurred over the past 10 days.

On September 12th, a 26 year-old woman reported that she had been out drinking with friends in downtown San Rafael the previous evening.  She left the Nickel Rose nightclub around 2:00 a.m. She woke up at home eight hours later, the victim of a sexual assault.  She has no memory of anything between leaving the bar and waking up the next morning.

On September 21st, the second victim, age 22, was at the Nickel Rose with friends and has no clear memories of the evening after about 11:00 p.m.  She woke up the next morning in a hotel in Southern Marin, also the victim of a sexual assault. 

Based on the circumstances of the two cases, police are investigating the possibility that an unknown substance may have been added to a drink without their knowledge.  The proprietors and staff of the Nickel Rose have offered their complete cooperation in the investigation.  “Date rape” or predator drugs are administered surreptitiously and have sedative, hypnotic, and amnesiac effects.  The term “date rape” can be misleading because the suspect using the drug is not necessarily a date, but may be a complete stranger.  Predator drugs can be used on men and women, and in both public and private settings.

San Rafael Police Department offers the following reminders for a safe evening out:

  • Watch your drinks and don’t accept a drink from someone you don’t know.
  • Open containers yourself.
  • Keep your drink with you at all times, even when using the restroom.  If you do leave your drink unattended, pour it out when you return.
  • If someone offers to get you a drink, go with them to order, watch it being poured, and carry it yourself.
  • Don’t drink anything that tastes or smells strange.
  • If you feel drunk and have not consumed any alcohol – or, if you feel the effects of alcohol stronger than usual – get help right away.
  • Make sure that someone in your party is non-drinking and the designated driver.
  • If you are going to drink, drink responsibly.

This investigation is on-going and anyone with information is asked to call Detective Leslie O’Toole at 415.485.3026 or Detective Corporal Todd Berringer at 415.485.3017.  Information can also be provided using the SRPD Silent Witness tip form available at www.srpd.org/tips.

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Last Modified: September 26, 2013 12:53 EDT (by Holm)










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