Man attempts to detonate vehicle bomb near 1995 Oklahoma City bombing memorial

An exterior shot of the U.S. Federal Reserve building in Washington D.C

In the criminal complaint filed against Varnell, FBI agents detail a months-long plot as well as Varnell's motivations and conversations the failed bomber had with an undercover agent and an informant.

Mr. Varnell is charged with attempting to use explosives to destroy a building in interstate commerce.

Authorities said Mr. Varnell had planned to detonate the bomb Friday night and had a plan to release a statement after the bomb went off to make sure that no other group, like the Islamic State, could take credit for the explosion.

Authorities said Varnell attempted to detonate the fake bomb at 6:30 dialing a number on a cellphone he thought would trigger the explosion.

A suspect allegedly tried to blow up a bank in Oklahoma City on Saturday, the same day as the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was referring to Timothy J. McVeigh, who was executed for the Oklahoma City bombing.

The grievance likewise expresses that Varnell arranged an announcement to be posted on Facebook after the blast which peruses to some extent that the assault was "striking back against the flexibilities that have been detracted from the American individuals" and "a demonstration done to demonstrate the administration what the general population think about its activities".

When Varnell originally discussed bombing an Oklahoma City BancFirst instead of the Eccles Federal Reserve Building the informant asked why Varnell had changed the venue.

The bank he chose as a target - the downtown branch of BancFirst, Oklahoma's largest state-chartered bank - is about a half-mile from the site of that attack. But when the undercover agent told him in June that any bombing might kill one or more people, Mr. Varnell responded, "You got to break a couple of eggs to make an omelet", according to the affidavit.

If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of five years' imprisonment.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the Western District of Oklahoma yesterday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested 23-year-old Jerry Drake Varnell of Sayre after he attempted to detonate the device, which was actually inert.

"It was a wake-up call to both the government and the people", Mr. Varnell's statement said, according to the authorities. "The time for revolution is now", the message reads.

Varnell also said at that meeting he was inspired by the movie "Fight Club", saying he wanted to perform similar acts and had already begun experimenting with homemade bombs.



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