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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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1807 days ago


Tmz why are you giving these people the publicity they want-they must be loving this,negitive or not they're still all over the news and web sites like yours.I think they should crawl back under the rock they came from-they are disgusting people,to put your child threw something like that and to make them lie on tv is just sick-stop writing and reporting about these sickos.

1807 days ago

Higher truths    

All these reality shows are making the american people nuts: people will do anything to get a show, get on camera or even crazy stunts for you tube. We have become a very desensitized and voyeuristic society.

But reality shows are cheaper to produce so money is the bottom line. Most of the tv programming via my cable is............some kind of "reality show" or competition show. Most of the people willing to be on these shows are already nut jobs and unstable in many ways. The attention just magnifies that.

To the major studios and productions companies..please please stop the madness. Give us more dramas and sitcoms.

1807 days ago


I hope this man does not go bonkers and murder his family because of the attention and possible charges he and his wife are facing. The media really needs to leave this family alone. I know it's not an easy thing to do because so many people want to know the latest news about them. Let's give them a break before Richard loses it.

1807 days ago


I think his next big media show will be doing his family in, then himself.

1806 days ago

Professor Obvious    

For those of you not in the construction industry, all general contractors are just like this. Dishonest, antisocial goons with no impulse control and lengthy criminal records. I've been in construction 30 years and have met thousands of retards just like Richard Heene, he's not the exception, he's the rule.

1806 days ago


He is ugly and his haircut is stupid too.

1806 days ago


I'd like to slap him upside the head.

1806 days ago


I'll bet he (Richard) grew-up in an abusive home and had his @$$ kicked quite often by daddy (if he was even around) or momma's boyfriend.

He doesn't appear to be a very tall/big fellow and no-doubt has a complex about that as well. This dude is a ticking bomb, a keg of powder just waiting to go off. Probably has some serious BO...

1805 days ago


Unfortunately I keep hearing about this garbage. Ok....balloon dad is a shmuck.....but what about balloon mom, she was no innocent bystander......does she go to jail, or get the typical "mom pass".........oh, and by the way......get a life!!!!!!

1719 days ago
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