Police in Michigan are investigating the case of Alex Band, lead singer of the L.A.-based soft-rock band The Calling, who claims that two men abducted and beat him up before depositing him on train tracks over the weekend, PEOPLE has confirmed.
Band, 32, told authorities in Lapeer, Mich., that he was robbed as he left his hotel en route to a nearby mini-mart in the early hours of Sunday, reports FOX 2 in Detroit.
According to a statement issued by Sgt. Craig Gormley of the Lapeer City Police Department, “On Sunday. August 18th, 2013, at approximately 4:30 a.m., officers responded to the McLaren-Lapeer region Hospital Emergency Department for a reported abduction/robbery that occurred earlier in the morning. The victim, a member of the band The Calling, reported being forced into a blue-colored minivan-style vehicle between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. by two male subjects.”
The release also said, “The victim reported being assaulted, robbed and dropped off on another street [before he] was transported to the local hospital emergency department by another band member, was treated and released.”
A rep for The Calling described the incident in a statement.
“After a heavily attended Lapeer Days Festival the singer was abducted after the show during a trip to the local mini-mart. Alex was grabbed by his shirt and hit from behind and lost his footing. He was beaten with a police baton with a gun pointed to his face demanding Band s ‘Hollywood money.’ ”
After Band fought back he was cornered in the van with gun to his face and Band told the assailants, ‘Don t kill me as I am about to be a dad.’ After more beating the assailants responded with, ‘We don t kill fathers’ and then left him for dead at a local railroad track in Lapeer,” it says. “Band 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.”
“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.
TMZ, which first broke the story, described Band’s condition as badly beaten.
According to a Lapeer Days Festival listing, the band had performed on Saturday night, from 10:30 to midnight.
Having formed in 2000, The Calling had their first hit, “Wherever You Will Go,” the following year. They then disbanded in 2005 and reunited only recently, performing a new version of their signature song on Extra.
• Additional reporting by CARLOS GREER