District attorney: Charges against Aldon Smith could take a while
After Sunday's arrest for false report of a bomb threat, 49ers LB Aldon Smith has yet to be charged -- and he may not be for some time, the LA District Attorney says.
Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport and charged with false report of a bomb threat. It's the latest legal entanglement for the 49ers' former first-round pick, who was arrested last September on suspicion of DUI charges.
Sunday's incident included a trip down to Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific division headquarters where Smith was booked and later released on $20,000 bail.
But charges against the linebacker weren't filed Monday and they may not be coming for some time, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's office.
“Since he bailed out, it may be a while before any charges are presented to our office for filing consideration,” a spokesman for the DA’s office told CSNBayArea.com Monday.
On Sunday evening, LAX Police explained the details surrounding Smith's arrest:
"At approximately 1400 hrs, a 24 year-old Aldon Jacarus Ramon Smith, a resident of San Jose, California, was going through Terminal 1 screening where he made a comment indicating that he was in possession of a bomb. Los Angeles Airport Police made contact with him in the gate area where he became uncooperative. After conducting their investigation, LA Airport Police took suspect into custody and transported him to LAPD-Pacific division where he was booked for California Penal Code 148.1(a) - False report of a bomb threat."
Smith, who was selected for secondary screening by TSA, asked a TSA agent "Are you going to search me further," LAX Police Sgt. Karla Ortiz said, via CSNBayArea.com.
"That's not necessary," Smith was told, who then responded, via Ortiz, "Why not? I have a bomb."
Ortiz said that Smith "was not what we considered to be intoxicated, but he appeared as if he had been drinking earlier in the day.”
The false report of a bomb threat is a felony and punishable by up to one year in prison.
In a statement released shortly after Smith was detained, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said, "We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith" but added that they would have "no further comment" because this is "a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts."
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