An arrest has been made in the mysterious dry-ice explosions that occurred at Los Angeles International Airport. Dicarlo Bennet, an LAX contractor, is being held suspicion of possessing explosives and detonating a “destructive device near an aircraft,” reports The Los Angeles Times.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He’s Being Held on a $1 Million Bail
Dicarlo Bennett was in-custody as of the morning October 16. He is being held on a $1 million bail bond, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Bennett was arrested in Paramount, California. The LAPD have not released what led them to arrest Bennett.
2. He Works at LAX
Bennett’s Facebook account indicates that he’s a graduate of Santa Monica College and a former ramp supervisor for Servisair. It’s reported that he is still an employee of Servisair in some capacity. The LA Times says he’s a resident of South Los Angeles.
The Associated Press reports a law-enforcement source telling them that Bennett took the dry-ice from a plane.
3. 3 Legitimate Explosive Devices Were Found at the Airport
In total three explosives are believed to have been planted. On the evening of October 13, a 20-ounce soda bottle exploded at Terminal 2, filled with dry ice, inside an employee only area. Nobody was injured but the bomb caused an evacuation of the terminal.
A day later, a similar improvised device was found on the tarmac at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, the bottle was reported to be “fizzing” but it didn’t explode. After the second device was found, another employee came forward to say he’d found a similar bottle on Sunday but didn’t realize what it was.
A fourth object that was believed to be another explosive was given the all-clear.
4. He Told His Family That He’s Scared
According to a CBS Los Angeles report, Bennett doesn’t know why he’s been arrested and is scared. The station also says that his cell phone and computer have been confiscated.
5. No Motive Has Been Released by the LAPD
The LAPD are not saying what the motivation is for this crime. Police Chief Charlie Beck said: “Whether you think this is a harmless prank or a way to disrupt operations at the airport, it won’t matter, you will go to jail.” CBS Los Angeles reports that there is no indication that Bennett is associated with a terror group.
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