Men at Work guitarist threatened to kill singer, police say [UPDATED]
Ronald Strykert, 51, one of the founders of the band, was arrested Feb. 13 by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies on an outstanding bench warrant on a charge of making criminal threats.
Strykert threatened to kill the band's lead singer, Colin Hay, in December 2007 in an incident that was handled by the Sheriff Department's Lost Hills-Malibu station, according to Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
The guitarist skipped out last May on his arraignment on a misdemeanor charge of making criminal threats, Robison said.
Updated, 10:21 a.m.: Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said today that Strykert made the threat over the phone from his residence in Bozeman, Mont. Whitmore said sheriff's officials sent Strykert a letter in April, ordering him to appear in Malibu court, but the guitarist never showed up for his May 30 arraignment on misdemeanor charges of making criminal threats.
Updated 10:30 a.m.: Strykert denied making the threat, Whitmore said, and Hay told investigators he did not believe the guitarist would carry out the threat.
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Singer Colin Hay, left, was allegedly threatened by the lead guitarist for the band Men at Work. Hay is shown with band saxophonist Greg Ham.
Credit: Tony Mahoney