An Oklahoma man was arrested by FBI agents for trying to blow up what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb outside of an Oklahoma City bank Friday.
The FBI charged 23-year-old Jerry Drake Varnell with malicious attempted destruction of a building.
He was arrested in an FBI sting after trying to set off what he did not realize was a fake bomb in a cargo van parked near the loading dock of BancFirst bank.
He was busted after using a burner phone that belonged to an undercover FBI agent to try to remotely set off the bomb.
According to the FBI, Varnell landed on their radar in December when a source told agents he wanted to blow up the Federal Reserve Building in DC in a “manner similar to the Oklahoma City Bombing.”
According to FBI documents, Varnell was “upset with the government and was seeking retaliation.”
“I’m out for blood,” Varnell allegedly wrote. “When militias start getting formed I’m going after government officials when I have a team.”
Varnell allegedly wrote a message he wanted to post to Facebook after his bombing, saying, “What happened in Oklahoma city was not an attack on America, it was retaliation.”
“Retaliation against the freedoms that have been taken away from the American people. It was a wake up call to both the government and the people. An act done to show the government what the people thinks of its actions. It is also a call to arms, to show people that there are still fighters among the American people. The time for revolution is now.”
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