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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.

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RJ    

I sure hope the authorities in CO are looking into weather or not this guy (Heene) owns a gun, Because he's a classic "Head Case" and I would not be suprised if he decided to "Off" his family and/or himself...

1742 days ago
17.

Louise1955    

Help me stop reading all the crap on this loser. Give us something else to read on a real celebrity with talent. I have read Heene thinks Reptilian aliens walk among us and the world will end in 2012. I had a f***n nightmares last night and the Reptile men were after me. Help!

1742 days ago
18.

its me    

so what? what does that have to do with this?? i blame hollywood! everyone these days want attention. they do dumb things on you tube , sex tapes ETC........ its all about wanting money! stop with this reality BS ! maybe if all the above i mentioned then maybe all these attention seekers will stop acting like fools! YES everything that happened was terrible but these attention seekers need to stop. your gonna be on the computers FOREVER ! YES EVEN YOU NAKED LITTLE TEENAGERS. IT WONT MAKE U LOOK GOOD AS YOU GET OLDER.
STUPID ATTENTION WHORES GIVE IT A REST ALREADY! LOSERS!

1742 days ago
19.

Lizzie    

TMZ is alwayS first w/ news, even news about this IDIOT,
Richard Hee Hee!!!!!!!! God only knows what went on behind closed doors at Hee Hee's rented house~~~I'm SURE the Japanese passive
wifey got hit waaaaaaaaay too many timeS & for sure those kids
got beat up A LOT!! The youngest throwin' up, those kids probably wet their beds among a whole lot of other ISSUES(SSSSSSSSS)!!!!
LOCK HEE HEE UP FOR GOOOOOD!!

1742 days ago
20.

They were in it for the money    

I'm surprised this guys been married before! Too much out there in his past that says he is a danger to himself and everyone around him. His kids look malnutritoned. Why aren't the Social Services at his house yet? That's right, I forgot, they only get involved when it is too late. What's the hold up on this? Good Grief! No school, acting like wild animals on youtube, potty mouths and a man(questionable)who has a hole in his screen door. Total insanity!

1742 days ago
21.

Cinner    

Anyone who saw Wifeswap can see he is unstable with anger issues, he threw milk out of anger at the woman he wifeswapped with.

1742 days ago
22.

honesty    

Where is child services??
He coached his kids to lie to police?
He involved them in a few crimes.
He forced them to do TV interviews, even when the 6 year got sick.
We have no idea how much danger he has put them in. We do know he pulls them out of school to get in a vehicle and chase twisters.
This man does not need children!!!!

1742 days ago
23.

sleeper    



you people are all victims of the hollywood devils

harvey wants you to hate who he hates because
he is sick.

1742 days ago
24.

Science Defective    

Hot For Heene

1742 days ago
25.

abraham    

The authorities better remove those kids before a coroner is required to do it WITH BODY BAGS!

1742 days ago
26.

Fred    

Who did not know this guy was 10 Luckys short of a pack.

Everyone, consider this... the real victem is the poor farmer who lost some of his crop to the vehicles and people sent to try and save a kid.

Where is the justice for him and his family.

When this guy is found guilty the first part of his sentence should be restitution to the farmer for the damage his idiot stunt caused.

1742 days ago
27.

Sweetred    

Do you remember the tv show "Wife Swap"??? You see that guy threw a drink at the woman in the show?? It is very clearly that he is abusing her!! I am sure the boys and his wife are afraid of him.. Have you heard of domestic violence?? Arrest him!!!!

1742 days ago
28.

Crazy Bennett    

Low Class

1742 days ago
29.

TreeMileZone    

@His kids look malnutritoned

I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed that. Even the wife's cheeks look sunken in but Richard looks like he eats a healthy meal.

1742 days ago
30.

Diane    

Crappy actor....Crappy liar....and most of all, Crappy FATHER!!!!

1742 days ago
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