HOLLYWOOD HILLS—Wesley Scantlin, 43, lead singer for the rock band Puddle of Mudd was arraigned in court on Wednesday, February 3 on charges that he damaged a home he previously owned, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced in a press release.
Scantlin was charged with one count each of felony vandalism and misdemeanor trespassing. The singer has been accused of breaking into the residence located on the 1500 block of Sunset Plaza Drive that he recently lost in foreclosure.
Prosecutors said Scantlin allegedly broke a window to gain entry into the house. When that failed, he is accused of getting a locksmith to change the locks.
He allegedly ripped an alarm system out of a wall and other damage was found to a garage door and plumbing. Total damage to the home was estimated at around $7,000. Greg Risling, Public Information Officer for the LACDA Office indicated that Scantlin was arrested at the home on January 9. When asked by Canyon News why the suspect broke into the residence, Risling responded, “He believed he still owned the house.”
The musician was arrested several times in the past few years. He was arrested in May 2013 for speeding in Hollywood, and he was also taken into custody in January 2012 for coke possession and then in September 2012 after getting into a confrontation with a flight attendant in Austin, Texas.
Prosecutors recommended bail to be set at $20,000. If convicted as charged, Scantlin faces a possible maximum sentence of three years in county jail. The case is still under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.