APD warns partygoers to watch their drinks following assault reports

Posted at: 05/17/2013 10:24 PM
Updated at: 05/18/2013 7:18 AM
By: Shaun Griswold, KOB.com

Detectives with the Albuquerque Police Department Sex Crimes Unit said they have seen a spike in the past months of sexual assaults downtown where the victims have no recollection of where they've been or what has happened.

Detective Nelson Sanchez said police are looking into whether the victims have been slipped a drug in their drink or if they have just had too much to drink and blacked out.

"There are similarities in terms of the individual being out somewhere, having even as small amount as one drink, and then waking up quite a few hours later with no memory of what took place," Sanchez said.

Bar owners downtown told us they take several precautions to keep patrons safe.

Owner of the bar Sister, Ross Sorce, said they pick up drinks that have been left unattended. But he also advised patrons to be more aware of their surroundings.

"Watch your intake for where you're at," Sorce said. "Everybody wants to come out and party, and that's essentially what we let happen is people come out and they drink and enjoy themselves but no one wants to get hurt in that process."

Detectives say they are investigating if it is one suspect, or multiple suspects involved.

They also said they don't have an exact number of how many assault cases there have been, because so many go unreported.