The owner of a Hemet restaurant suspected of sexually assaulting multiple women who worked for him was arrested Tuesday.
Mouris Ghipriel, 55, was booked into the Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of sexual penetration with force, assault with intent to rape, kidnapping with intent to rape, sexual battery and false imprisonment.
Ghipriel is being held in lieu of $1 million.
According to Hemet police Lt. Duane Wisehart, former employees of Duke’s Steakhouse, 360 N. San Jacinto St., made allegations against the restaurateur nearly two months ago, triggering an investigation that culminated in Ghipriel being arrested by detectives outside his Murrieta home Tuesday.
A search warrant also was executed at the restaurant.
“There is more than one victim in the case, and investigators feel there could be more,” Wisehart said.
Wisehart would not disclose any details regarding the alleged assaults.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call Hemet police at 951-765-2400.