After releasing the “Anticult” album via Nuclear Blast Records, Polish metal band Decapitated recently hit the road in the U.S. to support the release alongside Thy Art Is Murder.
While the tour is ongoing, Decapitated won’t be appearing on any further dates of the trek, with all four members of the band arrested in California this morning.
The Spokesman Review reported the following:
All four members of the Polish death metal band Decapitated were arrested in Santa Ana, California, early Saturday on suspicion of kidnapping a woman after their concert in Spokane on Aug. 31.
A woman reported to police just before 2 a.m. on Sept. 1 the alleged kidnapping by the band members, said Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Teresa Fuller. The band had performed with Thy Art is Murder at The Pin concert venue downtown as part of their “Double Homicide” tour. Fuller said she believes the woman attended the heavy metal concert.
The band members were arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office after their Friday night concert in Santa Ana. They have been identified as 27-year-old Michael M. Lysejko, 35-year-old Waclaw J. Kieltyka, 31-year-old Rafal T. Piotrowski and 30-year-old Hubert E. Wiecek. All are Polish nationals.
The four are in the Los Angeles County Jail awaiting extradition to Spokane. Fuller said additional charges are possible. The case is still under investigation by the department’s Special Victims Unit.
Defense attorney Steve Graham of Spokane said he was hired by the band on Thursday after they became aware of the investigation.
“There is another side to this,” he said. “We have witnesses that can testify to the fact that the accuser came to visit band of her own free will and left on good terms.”
He said he told police that the band members had offered to surrender but never heard anything back. “I made it clear that I could get the guys up here ASAP and they would cooperate,” he said.
Graham said he’s concerned that they will “languish” in the Los Angeles County Jail for weeks before being returned to Spokane, but said the four will not fight extradition and will return to Spokane willingly.
Live footage from the band’s Santa Ana show can be seen below. At this point no statement has arrived from the band or label, but it seems a good bet there won’t be any further U.S. appearances on the remaining dates. The band was also scheduled to tour Europe alongside King Parrot in October and November.