As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly hiring an undercover detective to have his wife murdered.
The 32-year-old singer was taken into custody around 2 p.m. at a retail business in Oceanside as soon as the San Diego County Sheriff's Department discovered the murder plans. His wife Meggan is currently living in the city of Encinitas with their three adopted children from Ethiopia.
"The information came to us late last week," the official spokeswoman Jan Caldwell tells Reuters. "We acted quickly on it. I believe that we averted a great tragedy."
Back in September 2012, Lambesis' wife filed papers seeking a dissolution of marriage. It is still unknown whether such actions influenced the vocalist in any way to form the supposed murder plans.
According to the sheriff's office, the arrest itself was carried out "without incident." A representative from the group's label Metal Blade could not be reached at the moment, with no one answering the door at the singer's home in Del Mar and the neighbors refusing to give any statements whatsoever.
As I Lay Dying have recently been touring China, with the latest Twitter announcement from Lambesis saying: "Goodbye China. I'll be home in about 15 hours."
The frontman is expected to appear in court for an arraignment on Wednesday or Thursday. A spokesman for the San Diego District Attorney's Office was not available for comment.