Lead Singer of The Calling Kidnapped and Beaten
It was a harrowing ordeal for Alex Band, who was allegedly abducted and robbed after leaving a gig in Michigan late Sunday night.
The 32-year old front man for the band The Calling, who can be heard on hits like ‘Wherever You Will Go’ and ‘Why Don’t You and I’, claims that two men snatched and beat him up before leaving him on train tracks in Lapeer, Michigan at approximately 4:30 a.m. Sunday, People.com reports.
Band told authorities he was mugged as he left his hotel en route to a nearby mini-mart. He reported being “forced into a blue-colored minivan-style vehicle between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. by two male subjects” according to a statement released by Sgt. Craig Gormley of the Lapeer City Police Department.
Band fought back against his assailants who were holding a gun to his face. He allegedly told the men, ‘Don’t kill me as I am about to be a dad.’ The kidnappers left him for dead at a local railroad. Alex was left with a fractured lower spine, 15 stitches to lower chin, three broken teeth and is bruised on his side and stomach from the baton beating.
Of the ordeal Band says, “I never thought my unborn child would be my savior. I am grateful to be alive and I know that I am destined for bringing my music back to my fans,” Band said in the statement. Despite rumors of the incident stemming from a “drug-related situation,” Band added, “I take my rehabilitation very seriously I was near death due to this unbelievable situation and the rumors are categorically false and not a hoax as reported.”
Police are asking for tips from anyone who might have information about the case.