According to the Tampa Bay Times, fire marshals found a ton of weapons, locked safes, and potentially explosive devices inside Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O’Brien’s Northdale, FL home, which caught fire on December 10, the same night he was arrested for burglary and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. The stockpile was so large that ATF agents were sent to look through the wreckage after the blaze was out.
The cache contained about 50 shotguns (one of which was illegaly sawed off), 10 semiautomatic rifles (including a couple of AK-47 variants), two Uzi-style rifles, and 20 handguns. Two flame throwers, thousands of rounds of ammunition (stored in boxes, military-style metal cans, and ammunition belts), several other weapons/weapons parts, and three skulls were also found.
The Tampa Bay Times also mentioned that O’Brien called relatives before the incident to tell them that “the rapture” was coming and that “aliens have landed.”
The musician allegedly broke into a Northdale home at around 6:57 PM while two people were inside. After he was told to leave, he pushed down a woman and ran into the backyard. One of the residents said he seemed to be hallucinating and that he spoke of “the rapture” to him as well. O’Brien also claimed “someone was after him” and even tried to hide in the closet.
Authorities found him hiding near a fence and they used an electronic control device to disarm him after he ran towards a deputy with a knife.
As previously mentioned, O’Brien‘s Northdale home was also on fire at the time of the incident. Hillsborough County firefighters had a hard time putting out the blaze due to the exploding ammunition. 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 he was wearing an anti-suicide vest with his hands and feet restrained. The judge originally denied him bail until a drug test was conducted, but the musician ended up getting released from Hillsborough County jail on December 14 after posting a $50,000 surety bond.
Deana Mazurkiewicz, wife of O’Brien‘s Cannibal Corpse bandmate Paul Mazurkiewicz, has since launched a crowdfunding campaign for him.