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Charges filed against suspect in explosion outside Air Force recruitment center in Bixby

Benjamin Roden, 28, was a member of the 138th Fighter Wing in Tulsa before his discharge in April, according to Capt. Jennifer Proctor, public affairs officer for the 138th Fighter Wing. (Facebook)

The man accused of setting off a pipe bomb outside a U.S. Air Force recruitment center in Bixby has been charged with four federal crimes.

Benjamin Roden, 28, has been charged with malicious damage to federal property by use of explosive, use of explosive to commit federal felony and two counts of destruction of federal property. The FBI says they believe Roden set off the explosive device outside the building near 103rd and Memorial. He was arrested Tuesday after federal and local law enforcement officers searched the Sand Dollar apartments near 61st and Riverside Tuesday afternoon.

Roden's bond hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday. He is currently jailed without bond.

Roden was a senior airman in the 138th Fighter Wing in Tulsa before he was discharged in April, according to Capt. Jennifer Proctor, public affairs officer for the 138th Fighter Wing. It's not clear why he was discharged or how long he served, but he received several decorations, including the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

An FBI spokesperson said the agency was investigating the incident as a possible act of domestic terrorism but will have to first determine a motive for the act. Investigators are looking into a post published over the weekend on an account the FBI says belongs to Roden.

"That government vehicle looks beautiful setting outside that office in tulsa," Roden wrote. "That is how I am going to make up for 2 years 7 months without a job and harrassment," the post reads.

Investigators are also looking into recent reports of vandalism in the parking lot of an Air National Guard facility. They could be related to the bombing, but that hasn't been determined yet, according to the FBI.

Roden will appear in federal court Wednesday afternoon.

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