We are learning more about Benjamin Roden, the man accused of bombing the Bixby Air Force Recruitment Office.
Roden graduated from Sand Springs’ Charles Page High in 2007. We found his senior picture along with reports that Roden had contact with police earlier this year.
“He went to high school here, grew up here. He has always been a real quiet guy,” said Capt. Todd Enzbrenner of the Sand Springs Police Department. “He’s a bodybuilder, worked out. That’s where I first met him. He works out at the same gym that I do.”
But Enzbrenner said police made contact with Roden in March of this year, just one month before his was discharged from the Tulsa Air National Guard.
Customers at the Anytime Gym complained that Roden was acting suspicious and said they believed he slashed their tires the night before. Police say Roden was interviewed but not arrested.
One neighbor told us that she had seen Roden outside the family home in Sand Springs and that he never acted like he was violent.
“Normally he hangs outside and works on the vehicles, works on the bike. I’ve seen him out in the front yard quite a bit,” said the neighbor who asked to remain anonymous.
The Air National Guard released this information about Roden and his service at the Tulsa facility. He joined the Air Force in 2012 and was stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. He deployed to an unknown location in 2013 through April 2014.
Roden then transferred to the Oklahoma Air National Guard in October 2014 where he was a firefighter. He held the rank of Senior Airman when he was discharged from the Air National Guard in April 2017.
- NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL (awarded to anyone that serves on active duty during a specified period of time)
- GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL (awarded to military members who have deployed overseas in direct service to the war on terror since Sept 11, 2001)
- GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE MEDAL (awarded to military members who have supported operations to counter terrorism in the war on terror since Sept 11, 2001)
- AIR FORCE EXPEDITIONARY SERVICE RIBBON WITH GOLD BORDER (awarded to any member of the Air Force who completes a standard contingency deployment; the gold border is for serving in a combat zone)