An explosion outside an Oklahoma Air Force recruiting center is being investigated as a possible act of domestic terrorism, but the late-night blast could also have been a awful prank, a federal agent said Tuesday. The front doors are visibly damaged and no injuries have been reported.
As he was taken in to custody, workers replaced the shattered door at the recruitment office. As of yet, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has not labeled the crime as act of domestic terrorism. An agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said nobody was injured and the recruiting center was closed at the time of the explosion.
"Roden wanted to quit the Air Force and join the U.S. Marines, however, the U.S. Marines would not accept Roden", the arrest affidavit states.
A witness told KJRH-TV that a person on a red motorcycle, described as a "crotch rocket" threw a backpack at the Air Force recruiting center and then drove off.
Security cameras at a nearby restaurant in the same plaza as the recruitment center reportedly captured surveillance footage of the explosion. The FBI has not yet determined if the two criminal incidents at the respective recruiting centers are linked.
Bixby police say the blast was reported around 10:30 p.m. Monday. The bomb also pierced the canopy over the office. "There's no known connection, but it's quite ironic that that happened".
The FBI and ATF are on scene and investigating the cause of the explosion, according to ATF public information officer, Meredith Davis.
"It's a little bit comforting that they didn't want to kill anybody", FBI Special Agent Jessi Rice said at a press conference.
On social media, he often complained about being mistreated by the air force and bemoaned the plight of other vets.
At this point, it is not clear what Benjamin Roden meant by the post.