12/27/18 UPDATE – Cannibal Corpse have made a comment on the situation. They had the following to say:
“As a band and as individuals, we all want nothing but the best for our brother and partner, Pat. While we can offer no further information about the incident, we wanted everyone to know that Pat is getting the help he needs and appreciates the love and support from Cannibal Corpse fans around the world.
Pat is currently with family and friends and looks forward to a healthy return at some point. For anyone wondering, all Cannibal Corpse touring will happen as planned and all shows will be played.”
12/18/18 UPDATE – Pat O’Brien was bailed out of jail on Friday, December 14th. A date for his next hearing has yet to be announced.
12/14/18 UPDATE – Further details surrounding these events have emerged. It would appear that Pat O’Brien was hallucinating and speaking of “the rapture” while the events took place. He attempted to hide in a neighbors closet, fearing that “someone was after him.” Clearly, he was not in a good mental state and we hope he gets the help he needs through this situation.
Original Story – Long time Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O’Brien was arrested this week in Florida. According to reports from sources like WFLA News Channel 8, O’Brien’s home caught fire. Firefighters had trouble containing the blaze as the flames reportedly set off O’Brien’s ammunition inside.
While this was happening, another call to authorities was made to a nearby home on the report of a burglary. Allegedly, O’Brien had forced his way into the house and wouldn’t leave. He was found behind a fence near his home and allegedly charged officers with a knife.
He’s been charged with “burglary of an occupied dwelling with assault and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.”
He appeared before a judge, shackled and in an anti-suicide vest. His bond has been set at $50,000 with impending drug testing.