Suspect In Bixby Explosion To Appear In Federal Court

by Fredrick Graves July 13, 2017, 0:18
Suspect In Bixby Explosion To Appear In Federal Court

The FBI, the ATF and local authorities said they are investigating an explosion at a U.S. Air Force recruitment office in Bixby, Okla.

The explosion happened around 10:30 p.m. Monday night in Bixby, Oklahoma.

"We can confirm that we have taken into custody a person of interest in regard to the bombing at the USAF Recruiting Center last night", the FBI Oklahoma City office said on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.

As noted, on the scene arrived police and agents of the Bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives (ATA).

The center was closed at the time.

The FBI later said they now believe it was a criminal act, not domestic terrorism, but the investigation is ongoing and no exact motive has been determined.

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The incident occurred at the recruitment center near Bixby's 104th Street and Memorial Drive. Witnesses said someone on a red motorcycle tossed a backpack, which then exploded, Tulsa news station KJRH-TV reported. The individual or individuals involved in the incident vandalized the building and slashed tires of vehicles at the center.

The probable cause affidavit for the man's arrest also reveals that investigators found a bag containing two pipe bombs and other materials and items associated with making explosive devices inside the veteran's south Tulsa apartment.

Several federal charges could be filed against the perpetrator, FBI Special Agent Jessi Rice told reporters.

Investigators have reportedly indicated such a designation can not occur until a suspect or a motive becomes known.

At this point, it is not clear what Benjamin Roden meant by the post.

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