Former Berkeley DoubleTree employee charged with 2 felony counts

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A former restaurant supervisor from the DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina was charged for the drugging and sexual assault of an unconscious hotel guest on June 5, 2019.

The suspect and former restaurant supervisor, Isaac Amiga, is a 64-year-old San Leandro resident, according to Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Officer Byron White. Amiga was charged with two felony counts Dec. 24, 2019, by the Alameda County District Attorney’s office.

On the morning of Dec. 20, 2019, BPD arrested Amiga, who was later released on bail, according to BPD’s online jail bookings log.

The hotel guest had dinner at the DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina restaurant, where Amiga paid for the guest’s meal and provided her with a complimentary glass of wine, according to White.

“At some point later, the victim felt ‘weird’ and blacked-out,” White said in an email. “The victim next remembers being sexually assaulted by the suspect a few hours later.”

White added that BPD detectives arrested Amiga on the suspicion of rape after obtaining DNA evidence from the crime.

The hotel’s highest priority is guests’ personal safety, according to a statement from the DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina. After being notified by local authorities about the allegation, the hotel fully and completely cooperated with the investigation.

“Mr. Amiga was placed on administrative leave, and barred from the property, when we were notified of the allegation,” the hotel’s statement stated. “He has since been terminated.”

Thao Nguyen is a deputy news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @tnguyen_dc.