New details regarding the May 7 arrest of As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis have surfaced online, as the Oceanside Barnes & Noble employee who wanted to remain anonymous recalled witnessing the entire event.
"It was about 2 p.m. My buddy was outside the store doing face-painting and the cops told him that he needed to stop immediately and go inside," the witness told San Diego Reader. "Tim [Lambesis] was there with a friend just browsing. I saw one special task-force cop, two regular officers, and two undercover officers.
"They just pushed everyone aside and handcuffed him. It all happened so fast. It seemed like they were planning it out for a long time."
The initial report from the sheriff's office stated that the arrest was carried out "without incident," and the witness story now seems to be confirming it.
As previously reported, Lambesis was arrested on charges of soliciting the murder of his estranged wife Meggan by hiring an undercover police officer. After the singer pleaded not guilty in the court, his attorney claimed that he was set up by a police informant. Lambesis then hired a new lawyer, who is now attributing his actions to steroid use, or the so-called "roid rage."
Prosecutor Claudia Grasso told the court that the fronman allegedly gave a man referred to as "Red" an envelope containing $1,000, along with the gate code to his house and additional instructions regarding the murder. Grasso also noted that the singer allegedly had absolutely no problem with paying the hitman a total of $20,000.
If convicted, 32-year-old vocalist will be facing up to nine years in prison. The next court appearance is scheduled for next Wednesday (May 29).