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Professional skateboarder and punk rock singer Duane Thomas Peters, nicknamed “The Master of Disaster,” was charged Tuesday with assaulting his girlfriend at their Long Beach home.

Peters, 52, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on a felony count of willful infliction of corporal injury, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. His arraignment was originally scheduled Tuesday but was postponed.

Peters was arrested Saturday in the 4000 block of East 3rd Street in Long Beach, police Sgt. Megan Zabel said.

Prosecutors say that shortly before midnight Friday, Peters became angry with his girlfriend and assaulted her at their Long Beach home.

Neighbors heard the commotion and intervened, prosecutors said. They were able to restrain Peters until police arrived and arrested him.

The victim suffered injuries to her body.

Peters remains in jail in lieu of a $50,000 bail bond. 

Peters is a skateboarding’s pioneer.

He has been credited as the first person to do a 360-degree loop, called “the loop of death,” and for inventing such tricks as “the Fake and Thruster” and “the Indy Air.”

An Orange County native, Peters was also the first professional skateboarder to embrace punk rock, and his skate-punk style had a strong influence on the skateboarding world.

In the early 1990s, he became the lead singer for the U.S. Bombs, a punk rock band. He has since formed other bands and continues to perform and skateboard. 

If convicted, Peters faces a maximum of four years in state prison.


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