CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Patrick "Pat" O'Brien appeared in a Florida court Tuesday morning (December 11), one day after being arrested for breaking into a home and assaulting a police officer.
O'Brien was clad in an anti-suicide vest, with his wrists and ankles chained together, when he was told by a judge at the Hillsborough County Courthouse that had to be tested for drugs if he is able to bond out of jail.
A short video report from WFLA News Channel 8 on O'Brien's court appearance can be seen below.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, O'Brien broke into a house near the Northdale Golf and Country just before 7:00 p.m. on Monday (December 10) and ignored orders from the two people inside the home to leave. O'Brien didn't know anyone at the house and didn't have permission to be there, an arrest report states. A sheriff's office supervisor says O'Brien shoved a woman to the ground and then went into the backyard.
Deputies responding to the burglary found O'Brien hiding behind a fence near the house, which was less than half a mile from his own home. They say O'Brien "would not obey his lawful commands and ran towards" one of the deputies "with a knife in his right hand." Deputies then shot O'Brien with a Taser and arrested him.
O'Brien is charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling with assault and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. His bond was set at $50,000.
"The investigation is ongoing," said Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Cristal Nunez.
While O'Brien was being arrested, firefighters were battling a massive fire at a home where officials say the guitarist was living. Hillsborough County firefighters were able to get the fire under control after about an hour but had to contend with suspected live ammunition going off inside the house.
Officials say two military-style flamethrowers inside the home, making the fire much harder to battle for firefighters.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is investigating the house fire.
CANNIBAL CORPSE announced Monday that it would be part of the next North American leg of SLAYER's farewell tour.