Plaisted and Calaway implicated Ragon during interviews after their arrests, Burleson Detective Tom Catron said, and all three subsequently admitted to involvement in a religious group that made the bomb. Ragon voluntarily came in for questioning and was arrested then, police said.
Although the name of the group the three associate with is unknown, Havens said the men identified themselves as radical Christian activists who oppose government and organized religion.
“They said the act at the church was a test of the device itself and to get the attention of the community,” Havens said.
Group members share common beliefs about the demise of society, which they believe has become too focused on self-improvement and self-gratification and lost it’s focus on the glorification of God, police said. The group is attempting to wake up society by committing destructive acts, according to reports. Group members further believe there are too many denominations and churches, and there ought to be only one.
The group has three levels of membership, according to what the suspects told police. Weekly Bible study at a Burleson park is the first. Consensual fighting and involvement in destructive acts are the second and third, respectively. One of the core beliefs of the group, however, is free thought, so participation in the second two levels is not mandatory.
The group consists of about 10 to 15 members, Havens said. Police think the members are teenagers and residents of Burleson and Fort Worth. Police are hoping for cooperation from the three suspects to locate and interview other group members.
Police consider the group domestic terrorists, Havens said.
Police did not charge the fourth suspect, a juvenile, because all three suspects said he was not involved.
Calaway, Plaisted and Ragon face sentences of five to 99 years in state jail, Havens said. The state charges would be dropped if federal charges are filed.