Chef Accused of Raping Woman After Serving Her Alcohol at Seal Beach Restaurant: Authorities

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Update: Darryl Matanane has been released from jail after the DA declined to file charges in the case. Read KTLA's latest story here

A 55-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman following an encounter at a restaurant in Seal Beach, police said Monday.

Seal Beach released this booking photo of Darryl Matanane.

The woman told investigators she went to the restaurant and was given an alcoholic beverage by the suspect, Darryl Lee Matanane, according to a Seal Police Department news release.

The next thing she remembered, the woman said, was waking up at a stranger's apartment and being sexually assaulted, according to the release.

She couldn't recall how she got to the unfamiliar location, police added.

During the investigation, detectives identified Matanane as the suspect in the case and arrested him Friday, the release stated.

Police did not say when the alleged crime occurred, but the Orange County Register reported it took place on Feb. 13.  Bistro Saint Germain, a French bistro, identified itself as the restaurant that had employed Matanane through a statement to KTLA.

"The management of the Bistro St. Germain are shocked and saddened of the recent news involving on of our former employees," the statement read. "We want the public and our customers to know that we are fully cooperating with law enforcement."

"At this time, the employee in question has been suspended pending the outcome of this investigation," the statement read.

Matanane is listed as the executive chef on the restaurant's website; inmate records also indicate he works professionally as a chef.

The suspect remained in custody as of Monday and he is being held on $100,000 bail, according to the jail record. Matanane's next scheduled court appearance is set for Tuesday.

Police are asking other possible victims or witnesses to come forward, and anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Jeff Gibson at 562-799-4100, ext. 1109.

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