Polish band, Decapitated, arrested on suspicion of kidnapping

Members of the Polish death metal band Decapitated were arrested by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of kidnapping a woman, authorities said Sunday.

The four men are being held in an L.A. County jail pending extradition to Spokane, Wash., where they allegedly kidnapped the woman after an Aug. 31 concert in that city, authorities said.

On Sept. 1, a woman reported to police she had been kidnapped by the band just a few hours earlier, according to a spokesperson for the Spokane Police department. 

The men were arrested early Saturday in Santa Ana after a performance at the Observatory venue, where they were scheduled to play with other bands, including the Australian deathcore group
Thy Art Is Murder. The two bands have been touring North America in a series of shows headlined “Double Homicide.”

“After they finished playing, they were kind of hanging out,” Santa Ana police Sgt. Javier Aceves  told the Orange County Register on
Saturday. “There was nothing dramatic.”

The arrested band members are Waclaw Jan Kieltyka, Rafal Tomasz Piotrowski, Hubert Edward Wiecek and Michal Mikolaj Lysejko.

The band members’ lawyer Stephen Graham told a Times reporter that “there was another side” to the story and alleged that
the woman came to visit the band on her own.

“There is another side to this,” Graham said. “We have witnesses that can testify to the fact that the accuser came to visit the band of her own free will and left on good
terms.”

He said the band members had offered to surrender to authorities days earlier, but that Spokane police never responded to their offer. Graham promised the group would cooperate with authorities.

Decapitated formed in Krosno, Poland in 1996. They have released seven albums, with this
summer’s “Anticult” being their most recent.

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