As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis was arrested on Tuesday (07May13) over allegations he tried to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife.

The heavy metal star was taken into custody in Oceanside, California, after reportedly soliciting help from an undercover detective, reports news agency Reuters.

According to a statement from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, police had previously received information suggesting the rocker was looking for someone to kill his former partner.

The singer founded the band in San Diego with drummer Jordan Mancino in 2000.