No suspects in 'roofie' incidents

Sheriff has investigation; Island police Chief Ric Lampela still a no show
Jul 14, 2014


The Ottawa County sheriff's office continues its investigation of an alleged "roofie rape" May 4, awaiting a response from the state crime lab. 

Sheriff's detective Amanda Cross is "waiting for any information to be received from BCI in regards to the evidence that was submitted to them for analysis," Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick told the Register last week. 

BCI is the state's Bureau of Criminal Identification, which is an arm of the Ohio Attorney General's office. 

The alleged victim told a trauma nurse at a hospital where she went that a manager at the bar where she worked asked her out for drinks after a shift. She went unconscious at some point while she was with him and awoke to find the man on top of her. She struggled and told him "no" before he raped her, according to a police report.

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The Put-in-Bay police have received numerous other complaints from visitors who said they experienced unconsciousness while at Put-in-Bay.

PIB police chief Ric Lampela has declined comment about the reports, and about whether any information has been developed pinpointing any suspects.

Detective Cross previously said there were likely no traces of any drugs the victims may have ingested because testing for it wasn't requested immediately and the complaints filed with police came days after the alleged druggings.

"We are investigating to try and determine what this drug/poison may be so we can know how to proceed," Cross told the Register.

The term "roofie" is commonly used to describe the drug Rohypnol, a sedative first manufactured in the 1970s and used by hospitals for deep sedation. It became known as the date-rape drug after reports of rapes involving unconscious victims.

People can dose other people "without their knowledge by dropping whole or crushed Rohypnol tablets into their drinks. When Rohypnol is dissolved in a drink, you usually can't see it, smell it, or taste it," according to information provided by the Rape Treatment Center, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. 

If you are 'dosed,' you probably won't know you're being drugged, according to the center.

On June 7, two women passed out mid-afternoon at Mist swim-up bar, and paramedics believe they were also drugged, according to a Put-in-Bay police report.

"The EMS worker informed me that it was most likely (sic) ruphy and stated that there will probably be a lot more individuals getting (sic) ruphied," police said in their report.

Additionally, on June 13, three women and two men believed they were also drugged at a bar, according to a Put-in-Bay police report.

The group lost consciousness for several hours after posing for a picture with a group of unknown men at Mojito Bay, where they claim someone slipped drugs into their drinks.

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Police investigated another complaint from a woman who became violently ill and went unconscious when she visited Put-in-Bay July 1. 

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yea right

"alleged victim" I like if I was a victim of say murder..then i am an alleged victim too..I mean i could be dead..maybe not dead..hmm i wonder what tests they preform to determine if I was dead??


You're so right. Sex crimes are the only ones in which victims aren't really victims. The are "alleged" so the perp can reserve the right to explain themselves with a "it was consensual" defense. Such a double standard. If your car or credit card or wallet or phone is stolen, the complaintant is not the alleged victim of theft. No journalists would participate in those criminals rights to argue, "They gave me their car, credit card, etc. i had their permission." yet they do it with sex crimes.

Whiskey Tango F...

Alcohol makes for the best decisions right? Not saying that rape doesn't happen, but there are LOT of regrets when the booze wears off. Why can't we get drunk and make bad decisions anymore? I see a lot of ALLEGED rapes that the girl later admits to lying. The paper always runs a front page article for the rape, and a last page article when the girl lies. The system needs to be quiet until the guilty charge is handed down from the judge.


If the drug is in your system, you can't 'lie.'

my oh my

The island is out of control..Far from safe by any means.It is a huge fire medical and criminal disaster waiting to happen..Time to clean house with all supervisors from fire ,ems, and police...

looking around

The Islands have changed a lot over the last few years, with the addition of the pool bars it has taken on the resemblance of the show Jersey Shores. The pool crowd largely looks like a mix low class strippers and bar bouncers on vacation. The steroid freaks that hang out probably suffer from the peanut syndrome from using steroids and can only get the girls when they slip ruphies in the high priced drinks that the girls depend on them to buy. Bring in the drug sniffing dogs and start running these types off the islands. The problem is that certain bars and bar owners cater to that crowd and tailor their entertainment to what will attract them.


Agreed. Those types have taken all the fun out of being on an "island". The laid back, beach feel is gone.

I'm sick of the Affliction jerks, and girls with penis shaped sipper cups wearing a shirt that someone wrote "suck for a buck" on it with a sharpie marker.

Mad Dog agrees with us, he loves to call those Affliction wearing metro sexual guys, "Gay!" when they walk in the door of the Round House!


Flunitrazepam, "Rohypnol," is NOT used medically in the U.S. any longer. Therefore, if this is the drug of choice, then whoever is delivering these drugs in drinks is getting these drugs illegally, obviously. He'll get caught.