A booking officer at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center confirmed Vinnie Vincent, whose real name is Vincent John Cusano, was charged with one count of aggravated assault on Saturday. Cusano was lead guitarist for the rock band KISS between 1982 and 1984 and replaced original band member Ace Frehley.
An incident report on file at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office details the incident that led to that arrest.
Diane Cusano, Vincent Cusano’s wife, showed up at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Saturday covered in blood and reportedly intoxicated, according to the RCSO incident report. Authorities immediately called an ambulance to transport Cusano to Middle Tennessee Medical Center here in Murfreesboro.
Cusano explained she had been in an argument with her husband over a woman he had been talking to, the report reads.
During the argument Cusano said her husband told her to “get the fuck out of the house” and then got physically violent, smacking her in the face, grabbing her by the hair and throwing her on the ground, according to the report. She claims her husband then dragged her through a pile of glass from a broken plate that was on the floor before the argument started.
When deputies went to Vincent Cusano’s 101 Woodland Trail home in Smyrna to speak with him about the incident they were unable to make contact immediately, which resulted in the Rutherford County Felony Arrest Search Tactical (FAST) team being called to the home. FAST team members found Cusano and arrested him without incident.
Deputies who went to the house reported finding four sealed containers that had deceased dogs inside them. Rutherford County animal welfare officers were called to the house in response to that finding, according to police. An investigation is pending in that matter.
“PAWS spoke with Diane about the deceased animals and was advised that the animals were killed by one of their aggressive dogs,” the report reads.
A Woodland Trail neighbor of Cusano told investigators that he heard the Cusano’s arguing Saturday, according to the report. Paul Sachtjen told police he heard “a male voice” saying “get the (expletive) out of my house.”
When police later tried to interview Vincent Cusano about the incident, he would not make any statements, according to the report.
Booking records from the detention center show Cusano was booked into the jail at 11:33 p.m. Saturday. He was released at 11:27 a.m. Sunday after posting $10,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court June 23 2011.
The incident report detailed Diane Cusano's injuries, which included small cuts on her forehead, a hematoma on her forehead, a swollen and bruised nose, bruised and swollen right eye, a bruise on her left clavicle, lacerations on her forearm, bruises on her right elbow, bruised and swollen right thumb, laceration to right foot, bruised inner right knee, bruises and what appeared to be puncture wounds to her right calf and left buttocks.
She has since been released from the hospital, according to an MTMC spokeswoman.
— Mark Bell,
Commentary From Ed Roman !!!
I have known Vinnie Vincent for close to 40 years, I sold him a guitar in 1977 when he was playing with Felix Cavalier of The Rascals. Vinnie is an extremely talented guitarist who may have some emotional issues that cause him to be so controversial. I personally have never seen this side of him if this is even a true story.
The pressures of stardom are incredibly stressful to anyone who has any kind of success or fan base !!!
Don't anyone jump to any conclusions here.. Newspapers have a way of twisting the facts and I don't trust the media for one second.
Beating Your Wife In A Fit Of Drunken Passion Is A Pretty Bad Thing & Not To Be Taken Lightly.
There are some people out there who
might almost forgive someone for
But killing a defenseless innocent animal is totally completely absolutely inexcusable .
I certainly hope that Vinnie did not have anything to do with that.
I certainly hope this is
investigated fully and the actual
truth comes out !!!!