Cannibal Corpse issue statement on guitarist’s arrest & house fire
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.
O'Brien was arrested for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon and burglary of an occupied dwelling with assault or battery after allegedly breaking into a home, pushing one of the occupants to the ground, and running into the backyard. After deputies arrived on the scene, O’Brien reportedly ran towards one of the deputies with a knife in his hand. As that was happening, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue were responding to a fire at O’Brien’s own home — located less than half a mile away — and it was revealed that 50 shotguns, 10 semi-automatic rifles, two Uzi-style rifles, two handguns, and two flamethrowers were found, according to a search warrant.
A crowdfunding campaign was launched for O'Brien by Paul Mazurkiewicz’s wife Deana Mazurkiewicz, who urged that “people not jump to conclusions until the full details of what occurred come out.” O'Brien was released from jail on Friday (12/14) after posting a bond of $50,000.