AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin woman went out to Rainey Street with her friends on Sunday and within a matter of hours, she said her behavior became abnormal and she was ultimately incapacitated. She was hospitalized afterward and believes that her condition was caused by being drugged.
KXAN confirmed with Austin Police that her case is under investigation. “There has been no physical evidence gathered so far that the victim was drugged, however further medical results are pending,” APD wrote in an email. “The case is being investigated as an assault at this time.”
APD explained that they met the woman at the hospital to take her report, saying she had “a severe physical reaction following a night out.”
The woman asked to remain anonymous in KXAN’s coverage.
On social media, she wrote:
“I was out [Sunday] afternoon for some mimosas on Rainey St. with friends when I suddenly became disoriented, blind, agitated, combative and paralyzed. I passed out yelling “Help me, don’t let me die.” My friends called EMS and I was admitted at Dell Seton Medical Center and was sedated. After a long night of texts, I am now home and resting. My initial urine screen came back normal, but we are running an additional one to hopefully figure out what I was drugged with.”
The woman’s boyfriend said several people have contacted them since the incident saying they also feel that they’d been drugged while out in the area.
“What I am looking for is for YOU to be mindful of your surroundings,” she continued. “I am SO LUCKY to have been with a wonderful group of friends. If I wasn’t, I fear my outcome would not have been as bright.”
KXAN asked APD for information about how often they receive reports of possible druggings. They responded saying:
“We do not have data available on assaults involving someone who has been drugged. The incidents where an individual is drugged are typically accompanied by additional crime(s) like sexual assault or human trafficking. That said, this is a valuable opportunity to remind individuals who are out at local bars or parties:
· Never leave your drink unattended.
· Only accept drinks from individuals you trust.
· Don’t consume a drink that you haven’t kept in your possession.
· Avoid sharing drinks.
· If you feel unwell, ask someone you trust to move you to a safe place.
· Watch out for your friends.”
KXAN spoke with the woman’s boyfriend, who was with her at Rainey Street, during the ride back, in the hospital, and since her time in the hospital.
“She really wants other people to know — in particular women,” he said.
He explained that they were with a group of friends and went to brunch, then to Rainey Street at around 2:30 p.m on Sunday. They only went to two bars on Rainey.
Then, the group left at 6 p.m. and at that time, he recalls his girlfriend’s behavior being different. They took a rideshare to head downtown, but his girlfriend got very upset so they took a ride back to his house instead.
“That’s when it escalated,” he recalled.
They arrived back at his home in Austin at around 7 p.m., called 911, and EMS picked her up from his house.
“She was acting out and very agitated in the car which was very abnormal. She couldn’t move her arms or her legs, something was 100 percent off. She was going in and out of consciousness.”
He continued: “She was screaming out for help, she was going through these quick cycles of screaming out for help and passing out and all the while she can’t get out of the car cause she can’t move.”
His girlfriend was hospitalized at Dell Seton Sunday night through midday on Monday and she had to be sedated to keep her calm. “It was not like anything I’ve ever seen before. Period.”