Suspect connected to Air Force recruiting center bombing now in police custody


Benjamin Roden, 29, of Tulsa, has been identified as the person of interest arrested in the bombing of an Air Force recruiting center in Bixby, Oklahoma.

The FBI’s Oklahoma City field office says it’s taken a person of interest into custody in connection to the pipe-bomb explosion that rocked a U.S. Air Force recruitment center in the Tulsa suburb of Bixby Monday night.

A law enforcement source tells CBS News the suspect is Benjamin Roden, 29 of Tulsa.

According to CBS News, Roden will likely face federal charges, however, authorities haven’t determined motive in the case and are working to understand if the bombing is an act of domestic terrorism, or if Roden is just disgruntled.

FBI agent Jessi Rice tells CBS News agents are looking into a possible connection between the pipe bombing and recent vehicle vandalism in the Air Force National Guard center’s parking lot.

Roden posted Sunday to Facebook, “That government vehicle looks beautiful setting outside that office in Tulsa. That is how I am going to make up for 2 years 7 months without a job and harassment.”

CBS News reports the pipe bomb exploded around 10:30 p.m. Monday in front of the recruiting center, which was closed, and nobody was injured.

According to CBS News, the Air Force recruiting station is located in a commercial area with restaurants, financial planning firms and other businesses. A movie theater is also nearby.

CBS News reports the door of the recruiting center was blown off in the explosion and landed in a parking space in front of the storefront and soot-covered windows. Two workers from a glass repair business were replacing the shattered door with a new one by late Tuesday morning.

According to CBS News, the investigation is continuing.

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