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Members of Polish Metal Band Decapitated Arrested on Kidnapping Charges
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10 Sep 2017 10:05 PM EST

-by Anthony Bell, Contributing Writer; Image: Decapitated performing at Hellfest 2017 (Image Source: Selbymay via Wikimedia Commons)

Four members of Polish death metal act Decapitated were arrested in Santa Ana, California, following September 1 post-concert incident in Spokane, Washington.

According to Rolling Stone, band members Michal Lysejko, Waclaw J. Kieltyka, Rafal Piotrowski, and Hubert Wiecek, all Polish nationals, were arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office and charged with first-degree kidnapping.

According to Spokane police, the incident occurred after 2 a.m. PST in downtown Spokane following a Decapitated performance on August 31 at the city's The Pin venue.

"A patrol officer responded and assisted the victim. The report was then sent to the Special Victim’s Unit for follow up," Spokane police said. "Based on the information they developed during the subsequent investigation, and with assistance from the LA County SO, the four males were taken into custody for 1st Degree Kidnapping in Santa Ana this morning."

The police department noted that the victim claimed she was held against her will by the band. The Spokane Police Department contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office after noting that the band was scheduled to perform in Santa Ana following their Spokane stop on the Double Homicide Tour, on which they appeared alongside fellow metal act Thy Art Is Murder.

The men were facing extradition to Spokane at the time of reporting, according to Spokane CBS affiliate KREM.

The band's attorney, Steve Graham, later spoke with the Spokesman-Review, noting that the incident involved a woman who most likely attended the Spokane concert.

"There is another side to this," he noted. "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."

Graham added that Decapitated would "cooperate" with authorities, though he worried about how long they may be held in Los Angeles awaiting extradition.

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