(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)
According to the Seattle Times, Polish death metallers Decapitated – , Waclaw J. Kieltyka, Rafal T. Piotrowski, and Hubert E. Wiecek – were all arrested this weekend in Santa Ana, California, on suspicion of kidnapping a woman after a concert in Spokane, Washington on August 31st.
Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Teresa Fuller says the woman charging the band members told police, just before 2:00 a.m. on September 1st, about the alleged kidnapping. The woman attended the Decapitated show in downtown Spokane. According to Fuller, the band members are being held in the Los Angeles County Jail and will face extradition to Spokane.
Steve Graham, the band’s Spokane-based defense attorney, told The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review that the band members are innocent of the accusations. “There is another side to this,” he told the newspaper. “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 told police the band members had offered to surrender, but never heard anything back. The attorney said he fears the band members will spend weeks in the Los Angeles County Jail before being returned to Spokane. But Graham told the newspaper the four will not fight extradition and will return to Spokane willingly.
I bet. Decapitated‘s members would probably like to get the hell out of the United States. The band had immigration issues trying to get here for a scheduled tour with Soulfly, Soilwork and Shattered Sun in 2015 and ultimately had to cancel their participation in it. Now this.