Todd Joseph “T.J.” Miller was arrested April 9 at LaGuardia Airport in Queens, New York. According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut, Miller was charged with “intentionally conveying to law enforcement false information about an explosive device on a train traveling to Connecticut.” Miller appeared before a judge in New Haven on April 10 and was released on $100,000 bond. The charge carries a maximum term of five years of imprisonment.
The criminal complaint against Miller alleges the actor called a 911 dispatcher in New Jersey on March 18, 2018 and reported that he was on Amtrak Train 2256 traveling from Washington, D.C. to New York City’s Penn Station and that a female passenger had “a bomb in her bag.” Miller said the woman had brown hair and was wearing a scarf. The train was in Connecticut by the time Amtrak investigators stopped and searched the train. No evidence of any explosive device or materials was found on the train.
The complaint further alleges that investigators determined Miller had actually been traveling on Amtrak Train 2258, not 2256. When Amtrak Train 2258 arrived into the Connecticut station shortly after, it was stopped and searched. No explosive devices or materials were found. An attendant on the train said Miller consumed multiple drinks on the train, and that he had been removed in New York because of his intoxication.
Miller was later contacted by an investigator over the phone in New York. The actor told the investigator the woman had “red hair,” not brown, and was carrying a “black bag carry on suitcase with a handle.” The officer “detected slurring” in Miller’s voice and asked if he had consumed alcohol that day, to which the actor said “one glass of red wine.”
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, notes that the complaint is just a charge and does not indicate guilt. This matter is being investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, Connecticut State Police, MTA Police Department, Amtrak Police Department, and Westport Police Department.
IndieWire has reached out for comment from Miller’s lawyer.