The man suspected of setting up the dry ice explosions at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has been arrested, police said. The explosions occurred on Sunday and Monday of this week, frightening passengers and causing a brief evacuation of Terminal 2. The motive for the attacks is still unknown.
On Tuesday night, Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon announced that the police had a suspect in custody. ”Police can confirm the arrest of a single suspect related to the two dry-ice incidents at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX),” he said. ”We want to reassure the traveling public, visitors, and employees that LAX is safe and secure.”
The suspect, Dicarlo Bennett, 28, is an airport employee and the former ramp supervisor for airport contractor Servisair. He was arrested on Tuesday in Paramount, according to the LAPD. So far, Bennett has been charged with one of the dry ice explosions and is suspected of being behind the second one. The police have placed a $1 million bond on Bennett and he will face the charge of possession of a explosive or destructive device near an aircraft.
No further information was released about Bennett or his motives.
According to the FBI, the first dry ice explosion occurred on Sunday in a restroom for employees only in Terminal 2. No one was hurt in the explosion and the terminal was only closed for a short time. A second 20-ounce bottle of dry ice was found on the tarmac near the Tom Bradley International Terminal on Monday at 8:30 a.m. PST but did not explode.
LAPD Deputy Chief Michael Downing said that the second bottle was found by an airport employee who had also cleaned up another dry ice explosion on Sunday in the same area. The LAPD has not confirmed how many bottles were found in total.