Ex-KISS Member Arrested
Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent was charged with one count of aggravated assault against his wife in Murfreesboro, Tenn., May 21, where arresting officers also found four dead dogs.
Vincent – real name Vincent Cusano – allegedly hit his wife in the face and dragged her through a pile of broken glass, law enforcement officials told TMZ. The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said that Cusano’s wife, Diane, arrived at the Sheriff’s Office “covered in blood” and reeking of alcohol.
She told officers she had escaped her house after an argument about a “female subject [Cusano] was talking to.” At some point, the 44-year-old wife claims Cusano smacked her to the ground and dragged her across shards of a plate that was broken and left on the floor prior to the argument. She claims the 58-year-old Cusano threw her to the ground four more times before she eventually escaped and went to the Sheriff.
When offices arrived at the home to make an arrest, they found four sealed containers, each one with a dead dog inside. Diane told officers they had been “killed by one of their aggressive dogs,” according to TMZ.
Cusano, who was lead guitarist for KISS from 1982 to 1984 before being replaced by original guitarist Ace Frehley, is currently held in lieu of $17,500 bond, according to the Tennessean.