The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating whether a “date-rape drug” was slipped into a real estate sales representative’s water bottle at a model home near Waxhaw on Saturday.
The victim called 911 after her heart started racing and her legs began to feel numb, an official with CalAtlantic Homes in Charlotte said in an email to others in the real estate industry that was obtained by the Observer.
“She called an ambulance, she was taken to the hospital and she was fortunately ok after they pumped her stomach,” according to the email account. “By process of elimination, they did a toxicology screen of her water bottle, and found traces of the date rape drug and they also did a fingerprint test of the water bottle.”
The incident may involve a man who first visited the model home during business hours last Thursday, the email said. “He was asking very odd questions (wanted to see the reps car) and wouldn’t give his name,” according to the email.
The man returned on Saturday while the sales rep was with a customer in the model home. The sales rep heard the door chime, returned to the sales office from inside the model home and saw the man standing in an office near her desk, the email said.
“Again, there was a family in the model and when they came back towards the sales office, he said he would come back when the sales rep wasn’t busy and left very quickly,” according to the email account. “The family left and our sales rep drank from her water bottle, which she had on her desk.”
Within 20 minutes, she became ill and called 911, according to the email.
The man was described as about 5-feet 8-inches tall, in his 30s or 40s, African-American, with a shaved but not completely bald head. He was driving a newer black Range Rover with yellow out-of-state tags. The sales rep wasn’t able to determine which state was on the tags.
An official with CalAtlantic Homes did not provide further comment Wednesday.
Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Underwood said the investigation is in its early stages and was delayed because the call came in as a medical call, from someone who said she wasn’t feeling well and needed an ambulance. As a result, the sheriff’s office didn’t learn of the incident for several days, he said.
The office will have to obtain a court order to get the hospital medical record showing the substance that was detected, Underwood said. He wasn’t sure how long that could take.
A sheriff’s detective has been assigned to the investigation, he said.
The three most common date rape drugs are Rohypnol, GHB and Ketamine. The drugs are powerful and dangerous. They often have no color, smell or taste, so the victim can’t tell if she is being drugged, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health.