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TJ Miller Arrested For Alleged Bomb Threat
Todd Joseph Miller was arrested on Monday at LaGuardia Airport for allegedly calling in a false bomb threat, according to the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut. Miller “has been charged by federal criminal complaint with intentionally conveying to law enforcement false information about an explosive device on a train traveling to Connecticut,” according to a statement.
Multiple news outlets have confirmed that this is is T.J. Miller, the former star of Silicon Valley.
As the complaint states:
As alleged in the criminal complaint, on the evening of March 18, 2018, MILLER called a 911 dispatcher in New Jersey and reported that he was on Amtrak Train 2256 traveling from Washington, D.C., toward Penn Station in New York City, and that a female passenger “has a bomb in her bag.” MILLER described the woman as having brown hair and a scarf. By the time Amtrak investigators received notice of the call and were mobilized to stop and search the train, the train was in Connecticut. Amtrak officials stopped Train 2256 at Green’s Farms Station in Westport, where passengers were directed to detrain, and bomb squad members boarded and searched the train. No evidence of any explosive device or materials was detected.
According to the complaint, Miller allegedly “said the woman, who he described this time as having red hair and a red scarf, was carrying a ‘black bag carry on suitcase with a handle.'”
The statement continues:
The officer detected slurring in MILLER’s voice and asked if he had consumed alcohol that day. MILLER replied that he had consumed “one glass of red wine.” Asked if he suffered from mental illness, MILLER replied “no, absolutely not. This is the first time I’ve ever made a call like this before. I am worried for everyone on that train. Someone has to check that lady out.”
But, according to the complaint, Miller was allegedly traveling on a different Amtrak train. When Miller’s train was stopped and inspected, “Amtrak officers interviewed an attendant from the First Class car where Miller had been sitting,” according to the statement. “The attendant stated that Miller appeared intoxicated upon boarding in Washington, that he consumed multiple drinks on the train, and that he had been removed in New York owing to his intoxication. The attendant also advised that Miller had been involved in hostile exchanges with a woman who was sitting in a different row from him in the First Class car.”
According to the complaint, Miller was allegedly “motivated by a grudge against the subject female, called 911 to relay false information about a suspected bomb on the train, and continued to convey false information to investigators while the public safety response was ongoing.”
The situation is currently under investigation, and Miller appeared today before a judge and was released on a $100,000 bond. The charge carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years.