Dan Bilzerian Arrested in L.A. For Allegedly Trying to Make a Bomb
UPDATE at 3:28 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014: Bilzerian has been released by L.A. authorities. Details below.
Dan Bilzerian, the professional gambler and full-time playboy, was arrested at LAX last night based on a criminal complaint out of the Las Vegas area that claims the 34-year-old tried to make a bomb.
The complaint from the Clark County District Attorney's office is dated November 13, an official said. The document claims that Bilzerian possessed "ammonium and/or cooler and/or aluminum powder, with intent to manufacture an explosive or incendiary device." It also alleges he possessed such a device.
He was arrested at 8:30 last night by LAX police and held without bail, according to L.A. Sheriff's Department inmate data.
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Bilzerian had been in Miami over the weekend, apparently to attend Art Basel and celebrate his Dec. 7 birthday.
On the eve of his birthday, it was reported, he allegedly kicked a woman in the face at Miami Beach club LIV. But that didn't appear to be the source of the celebrity's arrest.
The Clark County complaint alleges that an ammonium-nitrate mix, if activated by Bilzerian, "could be readily converted to an explosive or incendiary device in or upon any public street or highway and/or in or near any private habitation, public place or any place open to the public and/or in, on or near any public conveyance."
Bilzerian is a gun lover who has posed for photos with high-power, military grade rifles in-hand, including for a recent feature in Details magazine.
The allegation contains two counts, possession of bomb-making components with the intent to make a destructive device and possession of a bomb or incendiary device.
An official with the Clark County District Attorney's office explained that the first count was worth 1 to 6 years behind bars and the second was worth 1 to 4 years if prosecutors are successful with their case.
Each count also caries the possibility of a $5,000 fine.
In May Bilzerian, at his Las Vegas home, threw a model off a roof toward a pool and apparently missed. The model sustained a broken foot and asked for $85,000, to no avail.
Saturday night's fracas at LIV was explained by Bilzerian, known for posting photos with celebrities and attractive women on his social media accounts, this way:
2 girlz attacked a girl I was with to the point they gave her a black eye and threw her off the table and went after her, b/c they wanted to get closer to me.
UPDATE at 3:28 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014: Bilzerian was released at 1:16 p.m., according to sheriff's inmate data. It's not clear if he walked or if he was transferred to the custody of another jurisdiction.
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