Actor T.J. Miller, who played Erlich Bachman in HBO's Silicon Valley, was arrested last night at La Guardia airport for calling in a fake bomb threat from an Amtrak train. He was released today on a $100,000 bond.
On March 18, Miller called 911 and said he was on an Amtrak train traveling from Washington DC to Penn Station, New York. He claimed he was with a woman who was carrying a "bomb in her bag."
According to CNN:
Amtrak officials stopped Train 2256 at Green's Farms Station in Westport, Connecticut. Passengers were told to detrain before bomb squad members boarded and searched the train.
An investigator then called Miller back, according to the DOJ press release, and he gave a different description of the woman.
Miller is alleged to have also claimed the woman "kept checking her bag without taking anything out; kept asking the first-class attendant what the next stop was, and seemed to want to get off the train and leave her bag behind.
Passengers who had been sitting near Miller said he seemed "intoxicated" and that he'd been "in hostile exchanges with a woman who was sitting in a different row from him in the first-class car."
If convicted, Miller faces up to five years in the big house.