Attorney says Bixby explosion suspect not fit for trial

Attorney says Bixby explosion suspect not fit for trial

BIXBY, Okla. — Quick Facts:

  • Benjamin Roden faces four federal charges
  • He allegedly detonated a pipe bomb outside of an Air Force Recruitment Center
  • Roden was a member of the Air Force, then Oklahoma National Guard from 2012 to 2017, when he was discharged for undisclosed reasons
  • A criminal complaint lists malicious damage to federal property with an explosive, destruction of federal property, use of explosives to commit federal felony and destruction of federal property
  • His attornesy requested mental evaluations to test his fitness to stand trial

A Bixby man faces four federal criminal charges after allegedly detonating a pipe bomb outside a local Air Force recruitment center.

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Law enforcement took Benjamin Roden into custody as a person of interest Wednesday afternoon; the bomb detonated late Tuesday night.

Special agents say Oklahoma Air National Guard contacts shared with them two envelopes received at the Air National Guard base concerning vandalism on base.

The letters shared Facebook comments by "Ben Roden."

Federal agents confirmed Wednesday that the profile belonged to the person they took into custody.

One of Roden's comments invited countries to let him "come over to ... get a job." Roden shared some of his "warfare tactics" and "warfare capability."

On Friday, his attorney requested a mental evaluation, saying Roden was not mentally fit to stand trial.

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Roden's comments let on that the National Guard destroyed his passports during discharge. Though is a standard procedure for veterans transitioning to civilian life, Roden allegedly found the practice concerning. 

Other comments accused Sand Springs Police of using "special warfare" to increase crime.

When agents searched Roden's apartment, they claim they found dozens of items associated with explosives production, as well as a book and hand written notes on the practice.

More pipe bombs were found in a bag, along with an application for a German National visa, a loaded hand gun and an AR-15.

Roden was charged with malicious damage to federal property by use of explosive, destruction of federal property, use of explosive to commit federal felony and destruction of federal property.

U.S. Attorney Loretta Redford spoke with FOX23 Wednesday afternoon about the investigation. It was streamed live on Facebook and FOX23.com:

Investigation Updates

Updates from the U.S. Attorney on the Bixby bomb investigation. http://bit.ly/2tJw69o

Posted by FOX23 News on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A bond hearing for Roden is set for Friday at 10 a.m. He will remain in custody until then.

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