TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Balloon Boy's Dad -- History of Violence

10/20/2009 3:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Richard HeeneRichard Heene had a well-documented criminal history with a common thread -- going ballistic under pressure.

First of all, we've now found three criminal cases against Balloon Dad. In 1984, Heene was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon -- a gun -- and received three years probation.

In 1991, in San Bernardino, CA., Heene was arrested for corporal injury on a spouse. It appears he was not convicted.

Now get this ... we broke the story yesterday that in 1997 Heene pled no contest to vandalism and spent four days in jail. Wait 'til you hear what happened.

Heene, a contractor at the time, had an employee who didn't get paid. The employee went to Heene's home to get his $300 and an argument ensued.

We're told Heene got physical with the guy inside the house, the employee walked out and Heene gave him $140 of the $300 he owed. The employee, Benito Ortiz, was dissatisfied and the argument continued.

According to the arrest report, Heene got in his pickup truck, backed up and apparently tried to hit the dude. The employee got out of harm's way and Heene struck the employee's VW.

After hitting the VW, Heene pulled forward several feet, then put the vehicle back in reverse and collided again with Ortiz.

But wait, there's more. Heene did it a third time.

Finally, Heene parked, got out of his truck, picked up a wooden beam, held it over his head and screamed at Ortiz, "Get the f**k away."

Heene later told cops .... during the conflict Ortiz struck him, he became "incoherent" and didn't know what happened next.

In addition to four days in jail, Heene was sentenced to house arrest and ordered to pay $100 in restitution.

97 COMMENTS

No Avatar
1.

Sassy    

What a loon!

1736 days ago
2.

pam    

This man is dangerous! Get those kids away from him.

1736 days ago
3.

Michelle    

Why do they keep giving this guy Attition...HE's a loser..octo mom is starting to look ok right now..he's a loser..and if we want him to go away we should stop reporting on him.. just slpa his ass with a fat bill and move on..

1736 days ago
4.

that.is.all    

STOP TALKING ABOUT THIS C0CKSUCKER ALREADY.

1736 days ago
5.

Michelle    

CREEPER!

1736 days ago
6.

Lucy    

Gee whiz!! Does this nut have anger issues or what!!!! And he still has his children??? WTF???

1736 days ago
7.

Jan    

This reminds me of arvizo's and chandlers.

1736 days ago
8.

maggie    

you can see he's about to lose it when they are interviewing him on the View that morning when the little one throws up, his whole face is twitching...he wants to lash out at them but he has to stay composed...this guy is a wacko

1736 days ago
9.

Michelle    

Kids...do your chores and don't piss of daddy or he will beat your ass.

1736 days ago
10.

.............    

All this speculation and crap is getting out of hand. Please just kill the story and end this soap opera.

1736 days ago
11.

Sad sad    

Again another reality show that probably didn't do a complete background check hu?

1736 days ago
12.

sleeper    

TRASH TMZ IS TRASH

1736 days ago
13.

Why????    

Sounds like Wife Swap didn't do a very good job of vetting him. Scary for the other participant's on the show because you could see that he was unstable.

1736 days ago
14.

Fred Farkel    



I wish I had the nerve to do all that to some of my employees.

Instead... I did the **right** thing and simply pulled out all my hair and bashed my skull up against the shed.

1736 days ago
15.

sleeper    

sounds like a typical day in hollyweird with the degenerates

1736 days ago
| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web