Darryl Matanane, 55, of Seal Beach was arrested Sunday, Jan. 19, on suspicion of rape. (Photo courtesy of the Seal Beach Police Department)

A 55-year-old man was arrested Sunday, Feb. 18, on suspicion of raping a woman after they were in a Seal Beach restaurant together, police said.

“The victim reported she went to a local restaurant where the suspect served her an alcoholic drink,” Seal Beach police Sgt. Michael Henderson said Monday. “She later awoke in an unfamiliar apartment and was sexually assaulted. The victim does not remember how she got to the apartment.”

Investigators identified Darryl Lee Matanane, of Seal Beach, as the suspect in the sexual assault. Matanane’s job is listed on jail records as that of a chef but police did not say whether he worked at the restaurant where he and the victim interacted. The day of the alleged rape was also not provided.

The website for Bistro St. Germain in Seal Beach lists him as executive chef there. He has also worked at restaurants in Costa Mesa and Redondo Beach.

According to jail records, Matanane is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who may have information about the suspect is asked to call Detective Jeff Gibson at 562-799-4100, ext. 1109.


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