CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Patrick "Pat" O'Brien has been released from jail, less than a week after he was arrested on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and burglary of an occupied dwelling with assault. Deputies say he burglarized a house and charged at a deputy with a knife.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, O'Brien was released from Hillsborough County jail on Friday, December 14 at 9:01 p.m., after posting a $50,000 surety bond.
O'Brien allegedly broke into a home on December 10 and pushed a woman to the ground. He ran toward a responding deputy with a knife and was subdued with a stun gun.
O'Brien didn't know any of the residents, according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office news release.
Less than half a mile from where O'Brien was arrested, a fire broke out at his home, sending flames billowing into the night sky from the roof. The exact cause of the blaze is unknown, but ammunition and "military-style flamethrowers" reportedly exploded inside the home during the fire.
The owner of the home where O'Brien was arrested wouldn't go on camera but told ABC Action News he thought the guitarist was hallucinating when he spoke to him about the "rapture" and claimed, "someone was after him." The homeowner added O'Brien seemed scared and at one point even hid in his closet.
At a first appearance hearing Tuesday morning (December 11), a Hillsborough County judge told the 53-year-old musician, clad in an anti-suicide vest with his hands and ankles chained together, that he would first have to pass a drug test before he would be allowed to post bail and leave jail.
CANNIBAL CORPSE announced last week that it would be part of the next North American leg of SLAYER's farewell tour.