All four members of Decapitated were arrested early on Saturday, 9th September, in Santa Ana, California, on suspicion of kidnapping a woman after their August 31st concert in Spokane.
Police received a report from a woman shortly before 2.00am on September 1st about an alleged kidnapping by the band members, according to Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Teresa Fuller.
The band had performed with Thy Art Is Murder at The Pin concert venue as part of their ‘Double Homicide’ tour. The woman who made the report is believed to have attended the concert.
The band members – 27-year-old Michal M Lysejko, 35-year-old Waclaw J Kieltyka, 31-year-old Rafal T Piotrowski and 30-year-old Hubert E Wiecek – are all Polish nationals.
The four are in the Los Angeles County Jail awaiting extradition to Spokane and 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. He said:
“There is another side to this. 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.”
Graham also 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.”
Decapitated were touring North America in support of their seventh album, ‘Anticult’, which was released on July 7th via Nuclear Blast.