USMC combat veteran Clayton Mullaly
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday, April 13, 2014 after allegedly making a bomb threat while being screened, police said.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was out on bail Sunday night after being arrested at Los Angeles International Airport for allegedly making a bomb threat during a security screening, police said.
Smith, 24, was randomly selected for a secondary screening at Terminal 1 about 2 p.m. and became "uncooperative" with the process, airport police Sgt. Karla Ortiz said. She said Smith "made a comment indicating that he was in possession of a bomb."
Police took Smith into custody and transported him to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division, where he was booked for false report of a bomb threat, Ortiz said.
In video taken by witnesses at the scene, Smith can be heard telling officers he did nothing wrong as he was led away in handcuffs.
Smith was released on $20,000 bail before 8:30 p.m.
San Francisco 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke released a statement to the press, without going into any specifics:
"We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith. As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment."
Smith had hearings on two separate criminal cases last Friday, including three felony counts of possessing an illegal assault weapon and a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to Deputy District Attorney Brian Buckelew.
Smith wasn't present for the hearing.
The district attorney's office filed the three felony charges against Smith on Oct. 9, after the office's firearms unit examined five rifles recovered by sheriff's deputies from Smith's rented home outside San Jose in 2012. Deputies searched the home after a raucous late-night party where two people were shot and wounded and Smith was stabbed in the leg.
During the crowded party, which was attended by 49ers player Chris Culliver and former 49ers player Delanie Walker, Smith fired a .45 caliber handgun into the air to disburse partygoers before he was stabbed.
The man prosecutors alleged stabbed Smith, Steven Raymond Burba, a reputed gang member, was later arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Authorities have not arrested a suspect in the shootings of the two victims at the party.
When sheriff's deputies arrived at Smith's home to investigate, they found five rifles in his bedroom, including three assault weapons, an Armalite AR-10T and two Bushmaster brand rifles, which Smith bought legally in Arizona in 2011 but are illegal to possess in California, prosecutors said.
Smith's separate DUI case was on the court calendar for a pretrial conference. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession on Sept. 20, after San Jose police said he crashed his car into a tree at about 7 a.m. on Bentley Ridge Drive in San Jose.
Credit for cell phone video: Clayton Mullaly, USMC combat vet.
Information from Bay City News was used in this report.