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23-year-old Jerry Drake Varnell, wanted to bomb Oklahoma City bank in attack similar to 1995’s ‘ McVeigh’ blast  

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Jerry Drake Varnell arrested in foiled Oklahoma City bank bomb attack similar to 1995’s blast  
Varnell, 23, allegedly tried detonating the explosives device outside a bank in Oklahoma City, Aug 12
The Sayre, Okla., resident was unhappy with the U.S. govt and wanted to carry out an attack at a building
Initially wanted to attack the Fed Reserve Building in Washington, D.C., to replicate the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Fed Building in Okla city
That blast killed 168 people, Timothy McVeigh was convicted and executed for that attack
Varnell He’s been charged with attempting to use explosives to destroy a building in interstate commerce
If convicted, faces up to 20 years in prison
The FBI has arrested a man for planning to detonate a bomb at a bank in an attack similar to 1995’s Oklahoma City bombing.
The 23-year-old Sayre, Oklahoma, man was arrested early Saturday morning in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb in downtown Oklahoma City.
Jerry Drake Varnell had plans to set off what he believed to be a stolen van filled with explosives outside BancFirst in Oklahoma City, a federal complaint filed Sunday states.
His intention was ” to replicate the Oklahoma City bomb,”  FBI agent Raul Bujanda said at a press conference Monday.
The complaint states that Varnell, of Sayre, Okla., was unhappy with the U.S. government and wanted to carry out an attack at a building.
KOCO-TV reports that he initially wanted to attack the Federal Reserve Building in Washington, D.C., to replicate the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which killed 168 people, law enforcement officials said.
Timothy McVeigh was convicted and executed in 2001 for his role in the carnage.

BancFirst in Oklahoma City 2.jpgJerry Drake Varnell was arrested for allegedly trying to set off explosives outside BancFirst [photo], in Oklahoma City

Varnell had been communicating with an undercover FBI agent who pretended to go along with his scheme, according to authorities.
In a text message with an FBI informant, Varnell said he was “out for blood.”
The arrest is the culmination of a long-term domestic terrorism investigation involving an undercover operation, during which Varnell had been monitored closely for months as the alleged bomb plot developed, authorities said. The device was actually inert, and the public was not in danger.
The FBI was tracking down his moves for months. He met with the undercover agent in June over discussions about obtaining explosives.
He told the agent he wanted to make a statement using bombs, according to the complaint.
Varnell assembled the explosive, loaded it into the van, and prepared a statement to be posted on social media after the attack expressing his disapproval of the government, the complaint says.

Timothy McVeigh 1.jpgTimothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, is escorted from the Noble County Courthouse in Perry, Okla., April 1995. The explosion killed 168 people., for which he faced the death penalty

He then drove from El Reno to BancFirst in Oklahoma City, and dialed a number on a cell phone he thought would detonate the explosive.
Law enforcement officials arrested the 23-year-old shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday.
He’s been charged with attempting to use explosives to destroy a building in interstate commerce. If convicted, he would face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of five years’ imprisonment

 

 

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