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New details emerge in Air Force Recruitment Station bombing in Bixby

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Benjamin Roden is accused of bombing an Air Force Recruitment Station in Bixby.
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BIXBY, Okla.,- Oklahoma FBI has confirmed they have made an arrest in connection with the pipe bomb explosion outside an Air Force recruitment center. 

The suspect has been identified as 28-year-old Benjamin Don Roden. At approximately 10:28 p.m on Monday, July 10, Roden is accused of detonating a pipe bomb outside of Air Force Recruitment Station in the Post Rock Plaza at 10425 South 82nd East Avenue in Bixby. The resulting explosion caused significant structural damage to the front of the recruiting station but no injuries were reported. 

According to court documents, Roden was previously a Senior Airman in the U.S. Air Force and was trained as a fire fighter. Roden resigned after he was unable to complete all necessary training required to be a certified electrician. 

Sgt. Brian Curtis, Roden's last Commanding Officer, told agents that Roden "hated" the military and had received "disciplinary actions for his conduct." 

On the night of the incident, an eye witness stated he saw a white male on a red motorcycle speeding away from the scene just as the explosion occurred. A search of the Oklahoma Vehicle Registration Records confirmed a 2015 Honda CB300 motorcycle is registered to Roden.

Law Enforcement agents arrested Roden at his apartment at the Sand Dollar Apartments in Tulsa and executed a federal search warrant. The search yielded materials associated with manufacturing explosives, pipe bombs, an application for a German visa, a loaded handgun and assault rifle. 

Roden is facing charges for malicious damage to federal property by use of explosive, destruction of federal property, use of explosive to commit a federal felony and destruction of federal property. He is currently being held at the Tulsa Jail without bond. 

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