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Police are investigating another woman's claim that she was drugged at EpiCentre bar

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating a woman's report that she was drugged at EpiCentre, a popular nightlife venue in uptown. The allegation comes a few weeks after another woman reported being "roofied" at a bar in EpiCentre.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating a woman's report that she was drugged at EpiCentre, a popular nightlife venue in uptown. The allegation comes a few weeks after another woman reported being "roofied" at a bar in EpiCentre. File

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating a new report from a woman who says she was drugged at the EpiCentre, a popular nightlife entertainment venue in uptown Charlotte.

The incident happened on June 8 and was reported to police Wednesday, according to a police report.

The victim, a 23-year-old woman, told police she was drinking with friends at a nightclub called Suite, when she blacked out and became ill, police said. The woman told officials she believed she was drugged, according to the police report.

She was taken to Presbyterian Hospital, the report states. She told police she wasn't injured or assaulted, officials said.

The allegation comes just a few weeks after police made a public apology for their mishandling of another woman's report that she was "roofied" at Rooftop 210, a rooftop bar at the EpiCentre.

The woman, 31-year-old Leah McGuirk, wrote in a Facebook post that she was drugged at the bar. When McGuirk went to police to report the incident, she said, she was told she couldn't file a report unless she went back to the bar and called police from there.

“Needless to say, this isn't exactly the response this woman — a victim — was hoping for, and it's not the response this victim, this woman, should have gotten,” Rob Tufano, public affairs director for CMPD, said at news conference June 1 to address the issue.

This year through the end of May, there was one reported rape and three reported sexual offenses at the EpiCentre in 2018, police said at the beginning of June. There were an additional four calls or reports of victims possibly being drugged at the EpiCentre.

The EpiCentre is on College Street in uptown, between Trade and Fourth streets. The venue features a collection of bars, restaurants and other entertainment options, including a movie theater.

LaVendrick Smith: @LaVendrickS
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