Macon bar owner accused of rape is arrested

One of the owners of 550 Blues is charged with rape, stemming from allegations he sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman at the business on March 19, according to the Macon police.

Sgt. Melanie Hofmann said 28-year-old Christopher Deeb, identified in a police report as one of the owners of the Riverside Drive bar, turned himself in to police just before 3 p.m. Thursday.

Deeb’s attorney, Franklin J. Hogue, declined to comment Thursday except to say that Deeb’s bond had been set at $5,000.

Hofmann said Deeb, of Ousley Place, also was charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor, a misdemeanor.

He also is charged with battery in connection with a previous, unrelated case.

The 19-year-old Macon woman told police Deeb gave her drinks when she visited the bar late on March 18 and later told her she was “too drunk to drive” home, according to a police report.

She decided to stay and sleep on a couch, according to the report.

The woman alleges Deeb forced himself on her and raped her between 2:30 and 4 a.m. March 19. She said she couldn’t fight back because of the drinks, according to the report.

Police interviewed the woman at a local hospital where a rape kit was performed, according to the report.

The bar was purchased by CED Group LLC, owned by Debbie Deeb, in 2008 just months after a previous co-owner of the bar was arrested for selling alcohol without a license.

At the time the bar was purchased, Debbie Deeb said her son, Christopher Deeb, would operate the bar.

The bar reopened under new ownership in May 2008.

A phone message left at the bar Thursday was not returned.

Information from The Telegraph’s archives was included in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.