A crowdfunding campaign has been launched for Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O’Brien, who was arrested on December 10 for burglary and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer as his Northdale, FL home was burning. The fundraiser was started by Deana Mazurkiewicz, the wife of O’Brien‘s Cannibal Corpse bandmate Paul Mazurkiewicz.
“As most of you are aware on December 10, 2018, Pat O’brien’s house burned down. He lost everything he owns.
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. These funds will help him get back on his feet with the regular much-needed necessities like clothing, a roof over his head, and other daily life necessities that are needed.
Understanding that money is tight for everybody, especially around the holidays but every amount does help. If it’s $1, $5 dollars, $20 or more. Every penny from this campaign will go directly to Pat.
If you’re a metal fan and you’ve had the honor of meeting Pat at a show, or elsewhere when he’s out and about then you know how friendly he is, and approachable. He would never start a campaign for himself, but I know he would be absolutely humbled by the support shown.
I asked that people not jump to conclusions until the full details of what occurred come out, and that you show Pat nothing but love and support and let him know that you’re there for him. Although the last 48 hours have been shocking to most people, they’ve been devastating to him.
Please feel free to share your pictures, your words and show your support. The changing of your profile pictures on Facebook has been very inspirational. The metal community is a tight one whether you know somebody personally or not ans your support is so much appreciated.”
O’Brien broke into a Northdale home at around 6:57 PM while two people were inside. After the 53-year-old musician was told to leave, he pushed down a woman and ran into the backyard. One of the residents told ABC Action News that he seemed to be hallucinating and that he was speaking of “the rapture.” He also claimed “someone was after him” and even tried to hide in the closet.
Authorities found O’Brien hiding near a fence and they used an electronic control device to disarm him after he ran towards a deputy with a knife.
O’Brien‘s Northdale home was also on fire at the time of the incident. Hillsborough County firefighters say their was military-style flamethrowers and exploding ammunition inside the house, making it harder to put out. In fact, there was so many firearms that ATF agents and a bomb squad were both sent to the scene. The guitarist was apparently trying to get away from his burning house when responders arrived. He was arrested less than .5 miles away.
Neighbors say O’Brien was an “avid gun collector” and that he did not appear to show signs of odd behavior prior to the incident.
O’Brien made his first court appearance on December 11 and a judge said he must undergo drug testing before being allowed to be released on a $50,000 bond. The musician wore an anti-suicide vest in court with his hands and feet restrained.