Freedomroo – Michigan college student claims Kalamazoo bar staffer drugged her and 13 friends with opioids

Allegations: Police in Kalamazoo, Michigan are investigating a local bar after allegations that more than a dozen women were drugged there on a single night

Police in Kalamazoo, Michigan are investigating a local bar after a local college student alleged that she and more than a dozen other women were drugged with opioids at the venue on a single night.

Western Michigan University student Grace Van Overberghe raised the alarm on TikTok this week, posting a viral video in which she claimed that she and at least 13 of her friends tested positive for opioids following a night out at Y-Bar and Bistro. 

Grace said that the group nearly died from the drugging, and claimed that a single staff member has served all of their drinks — after allegedly following them on their spring break trip to Florida.

Allegations: Police in Kalamazoo, Michigan are investigating a local bar after allegations that more than a dozen women were drugged there on a single night

Speaking out: Western Michigan University student Grace Van Overberghe claimed on TikTok that she and at least 13 friends tested positive for opioids after a night out at Y-Bar and Bistro

Speaking out: Western Michigan University student Grace Van Overberghe claimed on TikTok that she and at least 13 friends tested positive for opioids after a night out at Y-Bar and Bistro

Grace’s TikTok video has earned over a million views since Thursday, and has also spurred a public police response.

‘On Monday night, a group of friends and I all went to Y-Bar and Bistro on Howard Street,’ she said, ‘and in the morning, none of us had any recollection of our evening.’

‘For us to just to not have any recollection of the night and knowing that we did not drink enough to have that…there were no memories,’ she said, according to Fox17. 

‘It was a complete blank slate. Then the way our bodies felt, you know, we didn’t feel like nauseous or anything from drinking too much. Our bodies felt wrong.’

She went on: ‘We all then tested positive for opioids in our system and that was a group of 14+ girls.

‘We all only received drinks from one person the entire night, and if you’re from this area, you probably know who I’m talking about,’ she added.

‘That same person offered to give us a ride home, made sexual comments to us, literally followed us to Fort Lauderdale on spring break to hang out with all of us.’

Grace went on to ask any viewers who have ‘ever felt personally victimized, felt you’ve been drugged, if anything bad has ever happened to you at Y-Bar’ to report it to authorities. 

Grace said they all received their drinks from the same employee and all tested positive for opioids the next day

'Our doctor literally told us that we should have died last night,' she added

Scary: Grace said they all received their drinks from the same employee and all tested positive for opioids the next day

'That same person offered to give us a ride home, made sexual comments to us, literally followed us to Fort Lauderdale on Spring Break to hang out with all of us,' she said

‘That same person offered to give us a ride home, made sexual comments to us, literally followed us to Fort Lauderdale on Spring Break to hang out with all of us,’ she said

Police: Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Vernon Coakley Jr. said several detectives have been assigned to investigate

Police: Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Vernon Coakley Jr. said several detectives have been assigned to investigate 

‘We visited the police multiple times and they’re not making a big enough deal about this,’ she said.

‘Our doctor literally told us that we should have died last night,’ she added.

Grace also pointed to negative Yelp reviews for the bar in which customers made similar claims.

Though the business’ Yelp page has been flooded with negative reviews in the wake of Grace’s TikTok video being posted, at least two of the comments that she referenced date back to well before the clip was shared.  

One reviewer who wrote about the bar on Yelp in 2020 accused staff members at the bar of ‘preying on young women’, while another urged women to ‘stay away’.  

According to Michigan Live, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Vernon Coakley Jr. said several detectives have been assigned to investigate the establishment and the allegations against it. 

The police department has also reportedly received multiple tips since Grace’s video hit TikTok.   

‘We are working with our partners at Western Michigan University to thoroughly investigate the situation, and we will share more details once they’re available,’ he added. 

DailyMail.com has reached out to Y-Bar and Bistro for comment 

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