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Police Investigating Report of Spiked Drink at Healdsburg Bar Duke’s Spirited Cocktails

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Dianne de Guzman is a deputy editor at Eater SF writing about Bay Area restaurant and bar trends, upcoming openings, and pop-ups.

A Healdsburg bar is cooperating with police after allegations of a woman’s drink being spiked while at the business over the weekend began circulating online, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Healdsburg bar Duke’s Spirited Cocktails stated on its social media accounts Wednesday that it is “actively cooperating with the Healdsburg PD in their investigation of these alleged incidents” but did not state what is being investigated. “Every member of the Duke’s team is committed to patron safety and always have been,” the post reads. “We have six certified security guards and a state-of-the-art, high definition surveillance system covering every inch of the bar and outdoor patio. The safety of our patrons is our highest priority.”

The Facebook post that triggered the investigation stemmed from the alleged victim, who described being drugged at a bar across the street from Healdsburg Plaza, the Press Democrat reports, and eventually reached the attention of Healdsburg Vice Mayor Ariel Kelley. In a public social media post Monday, Kelley stated the Healdsburg chief of police had not received any reports on a potential drugging at the bar and urged any victims to come forward. The post was updated later that day to state that the crime was reported.

The owner of Duke’s declined to comment to the Chronicle.

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