TMZ says that Uber driver fighter T.J. Miller was arrested last night at LaGuardia Airport in Queens by police and the FBI for an alleged fake Amtrak bomb threat. While riding an Amtrak train from Washington, D.C. to New York City on March 18th, T.J. believed he saw something, so he decided to say something. He called 911 to report that a fellow passenger, a woman with brown hair and a scarf, had “a bomb in her bag.”
According to T.J., the woman kept checking the bag, and he was convinced she was planning on leaving it behind when she exited the train. According to police reports, the officer on the other end of the call responded by asking T.J. if he suffered from any kind of mental illness. T.J. said no, stressed that this was the first time he has ever made such a call, and that someone “has to check that lady out.”
Police and the bomb squad arrived on scene to check said bag. No bomb was found, because T.J. gave 911 the wrong train number and fudged it all up. As a result, a train bound for Connecticut was stopped, evacuated, and searched.
Back on T.J.’s train, there was a passenger acting unpassengerly-like. It was T.J. Miller. According to a train attendant, T.J. had allegedly consumed two glasses of wine and two double scotch and sodas, and had “exchanged profanity” with a woman in first class. She told police that it all started after T.J. made a comment about her hair, and that they proceeded to argue. T.J. was eventually removed from the train in NYC for being drunk and belligerent. But not before he made a call to 911. Police determined that T.J. called in a fake bomb threat against the woman purely out of spite. Sorry, what was that about T.J. Miller being “particularly respectful” of women?
Police couldn’t arrest T.J. after their investigation, as he was performing at comedy shows in Canada. He returned last night by flying into LaGuardia, where police and FBI were ready to arrest him. TMZ has footage of T.J. being escorted out of the airport by authorities.
T.J. was released this morning after posting $100,000 bail. All in all, TMZ says that T.J.’s fake bomb threat caused a total of 926 man hours worth of delays, as well as tying up bomb squads in Connecticut and New York.
Everyone knows that police take bomb threats very seriously. The same can’t be said for T.J., who is now the poster boy for the sloppiest execution of a stupid scheme by providing the wrong train number. But even if he had gotten it right, I bet it still would have backfired on him. Police would have entered the first class section of the train, looked at the woman, then glanced over to a dude who looked like a light-haired Gene Shalit in Party City gold chains, and thought, “I don’t care what dispatch said, this guy is definitely the suspicious one.”