Former airman charged in pipe bomb explosion at Air Force facility
By Brian Seay
Benjamin Roden is facing several charges in connection with a pipe bomb explosion at an Air Force facility on July 10. (Photo: Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office)
A former airman has been charged in connection with the explosion earlier this month outside of a Air Force Recruiting Station in Bixby, Oklahoma.
Federal authorities charged Benjamin Roden, 28, with destruction of federal property and the use of explosive to commit a federal felony, among other charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tulsa announced.
No one was injured when a pipe bomb blew up outside the recruiting station in Bixby on July 10, but the blast shattered windows and there was “significant structural damage” to the front of the building, authorities say.
Initially trained as a firefighter, Roden resigned from the Air Force when he couldn’t complete the necessary training to become an electrician. “Roden has been described as being upset with the U.S. Air Force for not being accepted into the U.S. Marines in addition to being described as ‘hating the military,’” says a criminal complaint.
He was identified as a suspect when a witness saw him speeding away from the facility on a red motorcycle. Federal investigators also pointed to a handful of Facebook posts.