SANTA ANA — Members of the death metal band Decapitated were arrested early Saturday at The Observatory performance venue on suspicion of kidnapping a woman in Spokane, Wash., authorities said.
All four members of the Polish band were taken into custody around 2 a.m. after leaving the stage as part of their “Double Homicide” tour.
“After they finished playing, they were kind of hanging out,” Santa Ana police Sgt. Javier Aceves said Saturday. “There was nothing dramatic.”
Santa Ana police assisted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department with the arrest. The LASD has been investigating the band at the request of Spokane police, Aceves said.
Those arrested were Michal Mikolaj Lysejko, 27; Waclaw Jan Kieltyka, 35; Rafal Tomasz Piotrowski, 31; and Hubert Edward Wiecek, 30, according to the Spokane Police Department.
All are Polish nationals, according to The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane.
The suspects were being held Saturday in the Los Angeles County Jail pending extradition to Spokane.
A woman reported to police just before 2 a.m. on Sept. 1 that she was kidnapped by Decapitated band members after a concert hours earlier in downtown Spokane, Cpl. Teresa Fuller, a spokeswoman for the Spokane Police Department, said.
Defense attorney Steve Graham of Spokane said he was hired by the band on Thursday after members became aware of the investigation, the newspaper reported.
“There is another side to this,” he said, adding the band will not fight extradition. “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.”
Before playing Friday night/Saturday morning at The Observatory, the group played Thursday night at The Roxy in Los Angeles, according to the band website.