BREAKING NEWS Out Of California

Polish death metal band “Decapitated” (Courtesy of band website)



All four members of a well-known Polish death metal band called Decapitated were arrested early this morning under suspicion of kidnapping a woman after their show in Spokane.

The men were arrested early Saturday in Santa Ana, California, on suspicion of kidnapping a woman after their Aug. 31 concert in Spokane, Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Teresa Fuller said in a statement.

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According to Nina Culver at The Spokesman-Review, a woman reported to police just before 2 a.m. on Sept. 1 the alleged kidnapping by the band members, said Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Teresa Fuller. The band had performed with Thy Art is Murder at The Pin concert venue downtown as part of their “Double Homicide” tour. Fuller said she believes the woman attended the heavy metal concert.


The band members were arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office after their Friday night concert in Santa Ana. They have been identified as 27-year-old Michal M. Lysejko, 35-year-old Waclaw J. Kieltyka, 31-year-old Rafal T. Piotrowski and 30-year-old Hubert E. Wiecek. All are Polish nationals.


The four are in the Los Angeles County Jail awaiting extradition to Spokane. Fuller said additional charges are possible. The case is still under investigation by the department’s Special Victims Unit.

“After they finished playing, they were kind of hanging out,” Santa Ana police Sgt. Javier Aceves said. “There was nothing dramatic.”

Steve Graham, the band’s Spokane-based defense attorney, told the Spokesman-Review that the band members are innocent of the accusations.

“There is another side to this,” he 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 he told police that the band members had offered to surrender but never heard anything back.

“I made it clear that I could get the guys up here ASAP and they would cooperate,” he said.

Graham said he’s concerned that they will “languish” in the Los Angeles County Jail for weeks before being returned to Spokane, but he said the four will not fight extradition and will return to Spokane willingly.

This music is hardcore metal so many of you won’t like it but I’ll admit it basically kicks ass!

METALSUCKS points out that without knowing all of the facts, it’s incredibly difficult to pass judgment here. The culture of victim blaming in the world today is absolutely horrendous; the comments we’ve seen on our post earlier today and elsewhere accusing the woman of making this story up for attention, being a groupie, a slut, or worse, are horrible, shameful and embarrassing, to put it mildly. It’s not difficult to imagine what began as a consensual encounter turning into something other than that. On top of that, the attorney’s statement says nothing about what happened between the time the victim arrived and left her visit with the band. Also worth noting: it is literally an attorney’s job to say their clients are innocent.

On the other hand… we simply don’t know what happened, and we’ll need to let the process play out in the court of law to find out.

We will continue to post updates as we get them.

God Bless.

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