Nashville police were warned in August 2019 that Anthony Warner was 'capable of making a bomb,' report shows

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Nashville police launched bodycam footage that captures audio of the explosion downtown Christmas morning and the frantic moments after the bombing. Nashville Tennessean

NASHVILLE — Sixteen months earlier than Anthony Quinn Warner’s RV exploded in downtown Nashville on Christmas morning, officers visited his Tennessee dwelling after his girlfriend reported he was making bombs in the vehicle, in keeping with paperwork obtained by The Tennessean, a part of the USA TODAY Community.

It would not seem, nonetheless, that actions had been taken to cease Warner, who, on Friday, blew up a metropolis block, killing himself, injuring three others, inflicting large destruction to 41 downtown buildings and crippling telecommunication systems throughout the Southeast over the weekend.

Within the aftermath of the explosion, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Warner was “not on our radar” previous to the bombing. However a Metro Nashville Police Division report from August 2019 reveals that native and federal authorities had been conscious of alleged threats he had made.

On Aug. 21, 2019, Warner’s girlfriend informed Nashville police that Warner “was constructing bombs within the RV trailer at his residence,” the MNPD report states. Nashville police forwarded the data to the FBI.

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Officers had been referred to as to the house of Warner’s girlfriend by the girl’s legal professional, Raymond Throckmorton III. Once they arrived, they discovered her sitting on the porch with two unloaded weapons close by.

“She associated that the weapons belonged to a ‘Tony Warner’ and that she didn’t need them in the home any longer,” MNPD spokesman Don Aaron stated in a press release to The Tennessean.

Whereas on the home, the girl informed police in regards to the bomb feedback Warner had made.

Throckmorton, who stated he represented each Warner and the girl, informed officers Warner “often talks in regards to the army and bomb making,” in keeping with the doc.

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Warner “is aware of what he’s doing and is able to making a bomb,” the legal professional stated to the officers, in keeping with the report.

Police then went to Warner’s dwelling, however he did not reply the door after they knocked a number of occasions.

Officers noticed his RV behind the home, however the automobile was fenced off and police had been unable to see within it, the report stated. Whereas there, police famous that there have been “a number of safety cameras and wires connected to a alarm signal on the entrance door.”

The officers notified supervisors and detectives in regards to the incident.

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“They noticed no proof of a criminal offense and had no authority to enter his dwelling or fenced property,” Aaron stated of officers’ unsuccessful try to make contact with Warner or look contained in the RV.

The division’s hazardous units unit was given a duplicate of the report.

The subsequent day, Nashville police despatched the report and figuring out details about Warner to the FBI to verify their databases, Aaron stated in a press release to The Tennessean.

Later that day, Aaron stated, “the FBI reported again that they checked their holdings and located no information on Warner in any respect.”

Darrell DeBusk, a spokesperson for the FBI, informed The Tennessean on Tuesday night time the inquiry was a typical agency-to-agency document verify.

The Division of Protection reported again on Aug. 28, 2019, that “checks on Warner had been all adverse,” Aaron stated.

In the course of the week of Aug. 26, 2019, police referred to as Throckmorton, who declined to permit police to interview Warner or go on Warner’s property, the FBI informed The Tennessean.

In a press release Tuesday night time from Aaron, he stated officers recalled Throckmorton saying Warner “didn’t take care of the police,” and that Throckmorton wouldn’t permit Warner to provide consent to officers to conduct a visible inspection of the RV.

Throckmorton didn’t instantly return a request for remark Tuesday night time.

“At no time was there any proof of a criminal offense detected and no further motion was taken,” Aaron stated. “No further details about Warner got here to the division’s or the FBI’s consideration after August 2019.”

Aaron reported that the ATF additionally had no data on Warner.

Warner’s solely prior arrest was in January 1978, for marijuana possession.

Attain Natalie Allison at nallison@tennessean.com. Observe her on Twitter at @natalie_allison.

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