A POLISH death metal band were arrested in California for allegedly kidnapping and gang raping a woman who went to one of their concerts last month in Washington state, police said.
The bandmates who make up the group Decapitated – identified as Michal Lysejko, 27, Waclaw Kieltyka, 35, Rafal Piotrowski, and Hubert Wiecek, 30 – were collared on first-degree kidnapping charges after leaving the stage of a Friday night show in Santa Ana, police said.
The arrests came after the alleged victim called investigators about “an incident” after the band’s concert in Spokane on September 1.
According to court documents seen by the Spokesman-Review, the woman claims she was gang-raped on the band's tour bus.
The documents add that she was invited onto the bus after the gig for drinks and followed into the bathroom by lead singer Piotrowski.
They add she attempted to push him away but he grabbed her and then the band members took turns raping her.
“Based on the information they developed during the subsequent investigation, and with assistance from the LA County [Sheriff’s Office], the four males were taken into custody for first-degree kidnapping in Santa Ana this morning,” police said in a statement.
Corporal Teresa Fuller, a Spokane police spokeswoman, told the Spokesman-Review she believes the female victim attended the band’s concert with Thy Art is Murder as part of its “Double Homicide” tour.
The suspects, all of whom are Polish nationals, were booked into the Los Angeles County Jail and now face extradition to Washington state.
Attorney Steve Graham said the band hired him after learning of an active investigation into the allegations and had previously offered to surrender to authorities.
“There is another side to this,” he told the Spokesman-Review. “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 said he’s afraid the band members will “languish” for weeks in the Los Angeles County Jail. All four men will return to Spokane willingly, he said.
The band had played a total of six concerts, including shows in Seattle and San Francisco, on their North American tour following the alleged incident in Spokane before they were arrested in Santa Ana, according to its website.
The band’s next scheduled show is Monday in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
A version of this story originally appeared in the New York Post
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