Man arrested for planning bomb in Oklahoma City


An Oklahoma man was arrested Saturday morning in connection with an attempt to detonate what he believed was a vehicle bomb in Oklahoma City. He also said he liked the movie "Fight Club", in which the protagonist hopes to erase all debt by blowing up buildings where credit card records are stored.

Furthermore, the Department of Justice reports Varnell continued to advance his plans to build a device, as well as preparing a statement to be posted to social media following the explosion.

According to the complaint, Varnell expressed a desire to blow up buildings, but in a way that would minimize deaths or casualties, possibly by detonating the device at night when offices would be mostly empty.

"I can assure the public, without hesitation, that we had Varnell's actions monitored every step of the way", said Kathryn Peterson, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Oklahoma. The FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested him just after midnight, the complaint said. He had what he thought was a stolen van loaded with the assembled device and a cell phone to trigger the explosion; investigators say he drove that van from El Reno.

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Varnell, who was charged with attempting to use explosives to destroy a building in interstate commerce, is expected to appear in court today.

If convicted, he would face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison. Varnell had been monitored closely for months as the plot unfolded.

Varnell's arrest was announced two days after white supremacist and extreme-right anti-government groups clashed with opponents in Charlottesville, Virginia. They believe only three percent of the colonial population participated in the American Revolution and think that they are the rightful heirs.

United States officials announced Monday the arrest of a man who sought to detonate a bomb in Oklahoma City reminiscent of the deadly 1995 bombing by anti-government extremist Timothy McVeigh in the same city.