The Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office declined to file a terrorism charge against a midtown man who police said threatened to blow up his apartment.
Charles Michael Fox, 44, was instead charged with domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and battery and fourth-degree arson. He remained jailed Tuesday afternoon.
Police evacuated Fox’s apartment building along Harvard Avenue near Interstate 44 on Sept. 29 after high levels of propane gas were detected.
A woman had called police about 11:45 p.m. and said Fox assaulted her before grabbing a propane tank from an outdoor grill and bringing it inside, saying he would “blow the apartment up,” police said.
Fox surrendered to police about 3:50 a.m. Sept. 30. In the apartment, they found two propane tanks rigged to release with a handheld nozzle, along with an air hose and sprayer. They arrested Fox on complaints of domestic assault and battery by strangulation, fourth-degree arson and an act of terrorism.
Sally Van Schenck, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office, said based upon the information available at the time of Fox’s arrest, he did not meet the statutory threshold for a terrorism charge.
Terrorism is defined in Oklahoma as an act of violence resulting in damage to property, personal injury or death, or the threat of such violence intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population or influence the policy of a government. However, Van Schenck noted that charges could change as more information is revealed.
Fox is held in lieu of a $15,000 bond at the Tulsa County jail, and he’s scheduled for a preliminary hearing Nov. 1.