Cannibal Corpse guitarist in exploding home, assault charge and suicide vest drama

Bond set at $50,000 after Pat O'Brien is arrested for assault and burglary - while his home catches fire

Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O’Brien has been given $50,000 bail after he was arrested in a seemingly unusual assault and burglary charge while his house caught fire.

O’Brien was arrested for burglary and assault, after allegedly entering a neighbour’s home in Northdale, Florida, and shoving her to the floor. It’s claimed that, while the incident took place, O’Brien’s home was burning down with explosive devices inside.

During his appearance at Hillsborough County Court, filmed by local TV station WFLA, O’Brien wore an anti-suicide vest and was shackled to court deputies. A full TV news report on O’Brien’s arrest can be seen below.


O’Brien, who has to complete a drugs test as well before he will be freed on the $50,000 bail, was tasered by police on his arrest. He faces a charge of assaulting a police officer, after allegedly charging at police with a knife when he was found hiding behind a fence at his neighbour’s property.

During O’Brien’s arrest, the guitarist’s home caught fire after explosive devices inside the house went off. Firefighters tackled the blaze while ammunition continued to explode, before eventually getting the fire under control.

O’Brien has officially been charged with “Burglary of an occupied dwelling with assault and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer”.

The case comes just three days after Cannibal Corpse were named as the support band on Slayer‘s farewell tour in the US in May. The veteran death metal band are also due to co-headline a Decibel magazine tour with Morbid Angel from February 17-March 17. It’s not yet clear how O’Brien’s arrest will affect the shows.


Formed in 1988 in New York, Cannibal Corpse released their 14th album ‘Red Before Black’ last year. Their albums were banned from being sold in separate government rulings in Australia and Germany, before both countries relented in the 2000s.

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