Cannibal Corpse’s Pat O’Brien is released from jail following charges of “assault and burglary”

It follows a drama which involved an exploding house, an assault charge and a suicide vest...

Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O’Brien has been released from jail after posting a $50,000 bond.

Last week (December 12), death-metal musician O’Brien was arrested after an alleged assault and burglary occurred while his house caught fire.

O’Brien allegedly entered a neighbour’s home in Northdale, Florida, before reportedly pushing the neighbour over. He also 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 also caught fire after explosive devices inside the house went off. Firefighters tackled the blaze while ammunition continued to explode, before they eventually managed to get the fire under control.

During his first appearance at Hillsborough County Court, filmed by local TV station WFLA, O’Brien wore an anti-suicide vest and was shackled to court deputies.

Now, according to Brave Worlds, O’Brien was released by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office last Friday evening (December 14).

A police report reveals that O’Brien has been officially charged with “aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with deadly weapon, and burglary of an occupied dwelling with assault or battery.”

Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O’Brien in happier times


A few days after his initial arrest, the wife of Cannibal Corpse drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz started a crowdfunding campaign. She wrote: “Pat is a standup guy, true to his friends, family and his band. Also pat does not have insurance, and lost everything that he owns.”

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.