Cannibal Corpse Guitarist Pat O’Brien Has Been Released From Jail
The PRP is reporting that Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O’Brien posted bond and was released from jail on Friday, December 14th. Bond was set at $50,000 pending O’Brien passing a drug test. O’Brien has been charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling with assault and aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer.
Authorities were reportedly called to O’Brien’s home in Northdale, FL on Monday night, December 10th, when it “caught fire with exploding ammunition inside.” While firefighters struggled to put out the fire despite the exploding ammunition, O’Brien was elsewhere, having entered someone else’s home without permission, where the guitarist is said to have pushed a woman down and escaped to the backyard. Deputies on the scene say they found O’Brien hiding behind a nearby fence, at which point he allegedly charged them with a knife; they claim they were consequently forced to subdue O’Brien with a taser. He was brought to court the next day wearing a suicide vest with shackles around his ankles and wrists. Military-style flamethrowers were eventually found inside O’Brien’s home, and the neighbor whose home he entered said O’Brien mentioned the rapture and claimed someone was after him.
Cannibal Corpse have yet to comment on the incident, but Deana Mazurkiewicz, wife of drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz, is overseeing a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds on O’Brien’s behalf. In an accompanying statement, Ms. Mazurkiewicz urged fans “not jump to conclusions [regarding the circumstances of his arrest] until the full details of what occurred come out.”
O’Brien has not as of yet been charged in connection with the fire of his home.
We will keep you posted on any further details.