Airport Employee Pleads Not Guilty in LAX Dry Ice Explosions

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A man suspected of planting dry ice bombs at Los Angeles International Airport pleaded not guilty at his arraignment hearing Thursday.


Dicarlo Bennett appeared next to his attorney for arraignment at the Airport Courthouse on Oct. 17, 2013.

Dicarlo Bennett, 28, is charged with two counts of possession of a destructive device in a public place, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The Jamaican-born U.S. citizen appeared before dozens of news cameras at the Airport Courthouse, not far from LAX.

Los Angeles police arrested Bennett at his Paramount apartment on Tuesday, after two dry ice bombs in as many days exploded at the airport.

No one was injured in the incidents, which occurred in an employee restroom in Terminal 2 and outside the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The bombs may have been part of a misguided prank, authorities have said.

Bennett’s attorney, Ben Wasserman, called his client “squeaky clean,” saying he was wrongly accused. Bennett was removing discarded dry ice from an area where an animal was traveling on a plane, Wasserman said.

“The fumes can kill the animal, so he removed the dry ice from the area where the animal was,” Wasserman said.

The airport has changed how it requires dry ice to be disposed of since the incident, airport police said Wednesday.

Investigators were looking for additional people involved in the bombs, Deputy District Attorney Sean Carney told KTLA.

After his arrest, Bennett was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center, the Los Angeles Police Department had said.

Bennett is an employee of Servisair, a company official confirmed Wednesday. Servisair is a contractor that provides a variety of services at the airport, including baggage handling and aircraft de-icing.

If convicted on both counts, Bennett faces up to six years county jail, the DA’s office said.

A bail hearing for Bennett was scheduled for Oct. 23; meanwhile, he was being held on $1 million bail.

KTLA’s Kareen Wynter contributed to this report.