Journey drummer arrested for assault in Salem

Earlier this year, Castronovo donated $10,000 to South Albany High School

Deen Castronovo was booked on assault, coercion and menacing charges, June 16, 2015. (MCSO)
Deen Castronovo was booked on assault, coercion and menacing charges, June 16, 2015. (MCSO)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — Journey drummer Deen Castronovo was arrested Sunday in an early morning domestic dispute, officials said.

Salem police were called to Castronovo’s home around 9 a.m. Sunday, Marion County Sheriff’s Office said. He reportedly refused to come out of the house, but once officers came inside he surrendered.

According to court documents, Castronovo, “unlawfully and intentionally attempt[ed] to place [the victim] in fear of imminent serious physical injury by words or conduct.” The incident was described as constituting domestic violence.

The drummer was booked on assault, coercion and menacing charges, Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.

Castronovo’s attorney, Jeffrey Jones, said his client is deeply saddened by the accusations and confident that no criminal conduct occurred.

A plea hearing is scheduled June 30. In the meantime, the drummer is not allowed to have contact with the woman.

This isn’t the drummer’s first run in with the law — in 2012, he was also arrested in Salem for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.

Earlier this year, Castronovo donated $10,000 to South Albany High School after an arsonist burned down the school’s band room.

“I wasn’t great in school but I was really good in my band class, and that was the reason I went to school, really,” the rock star told students. “The devastation you guys have seen, it was heartbreaking.”

Journey is currently on tour. Their next concert is scheduled for Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl, although it is not clear if Castronovo will be playing drums.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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