Grand jury indicts Air Force veteran in Tulsa recruiting office bomb

In this Tuesday, July 11, 2017 photo provided by the Tulsa County Sheriffs Office, Benjamin Don Roden is pictured in a booking photo. An arrest report shows Roden faces federal charges after a pipe bomb explosion blew the door off an Air Force recruiting center in the Tulsa area.


By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: August 10, 2017

TULSA, Okla. — A grand jury has indicted a former Air Force senior airman accused of setting off a pipe bomb outside an Air Force recruiting office in Oklahoma.

The Tulsa World reports 28-year-old Benjamin Roden now faces a seven-count federal indictment in the July 10 bombing in suburban Tulsa. Charges against Roden include malicious damage to federal property by use of an explosive and possession of unregistered destructive devices.

No one was hurt in the explosion.

Court records describe Roden as a disgruntled U.S. veteran who "hated the military."

Roden has been detained since his July 11 arrest. A judge ordered Roden to undergo a mental evaluation in July after defense attorneys questioned whether he can assist in his own defense.

A mental competency hearing for Roden is scheduled for Aug. 29.


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