Thursday, July 13, 2017

Oklahoma Air National Guard Firefighter charged in Okla. Air Force recruitment center blast.

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On Wednesday, Attorney Loretta F. Radford charged 28-year-old Benjamin Don Roden of Tulsa with malicious damage to federal property by use of explosive, use of explosive to commit the federal felony and two counts of destruction of federal property. Radford stated she believes Roden's motive was "pure hatred against the military."

Roden was a decorated senior airman in the U.S. Air Force, where he worked as a firefighter at the Oklahoma Air National Guard. He received three awards for operations dealing with the global war on terrorism and a national defense service medal, according to Oklahoma Air National Guard Capt. Jennifer Proctor.

Court documents show the former airman wanted to become a U.S. Marine, but was rejected and ultimately blamed the Air Force. His last commanding officer, Sgt. Brian Curtis, said Roden "hated the military" and "received disciplinary actions for his conduct." He said he believes Roden is "smart and capable of constructing electronic devices."

A search warrant served at Roden's home, along with his parent's residence, recovered materials associated with manufacturing explosive devices and a bag that contained two pipe bombs.

"We do not believe he should be released to the community, mainly because of his ability to create pipe bombs," Radford said.

At this time, the FBI does not believe the incident was an act of domestic terrorism.

Roden is being held at Tulsa County Jail. He is expected to appear in court on Friday.

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A bomb exploded at a US Air Force recruitment center in Bixby, Oklahoma