Dec. 30 (UPI) — The girlfriend of a suicide bomber who detonated his RV in downtown Nashville on Christmas Day alerted police he was making explosives contained in the automobile greater than a 12 months earlier than the assault, police information point out.
The information — obtained by The Tennessean and WSMV-TV on Wednesday– confirmed that Anthony Quinn Warner’s girlfriend instructed police in August 2019 that she feared for his security and that he “continuously talks concerning the navy and bomb making.”
Nashville police recognized Quinn as the person who drove an RV into downtown Nashville and detonated a bomb inside final Friday, damaging dozens of companies and killing himself. Police have been capable of evacuate most individuals from the realm earlier than the explosion, although eight have been injured.
After the bombing, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation stated Quinn was “not on our radar,” however the police paperwork confirmed the Metro Nashville Police Division and FBI each investigated the 2019 tip from his girlfriend.
The police report signifies Warner’s lawyer, Raymond Throckmorton III, alerted them that his shopper’s girlfriend had made suicidal remarks over the phone. Once they arrived at her dwelling, she was sitting on the porch and had two unloaded firearms along with her.
She instructed police she did not need the weapons, which belonged to Warner, in her dwelling any longer and that she did not really feel protected. She additionally instructed them that Warner was constructing a bomb in an RV on his property.
The police report stated the lady was taken by ambulance for a psychological analysis as a result of she was experiencing a psychological well being disaster.
Police then went to Warner’s residence, however he did not reply the door. They noticed the RV on his property, however could not get near it due to a fence. Warner later refused to permit police onto his property.
Nashville police alerted the FBI about their investigation and requested for a background verify, which discovered no information.
“They noticed no proof of a criminal offense and had no authority to enter his dwelling or fenced property,” MNPD spokesman Don Aaron instructed The Tennessean.
“At no time was there any proof of a criminal offense detected and no further motion was taken. No further details about Warner got here to the division’s or the FBI’s consideration after August 2019.”
The FBI has been investigating the Christmas Day bombing, however was anticipated at hand the case over to Nashville police on Wednesday, police representatives instructed WSMV. Officers stated the road the place the bombing came about, Broadway, was anticipated to reopen Wednesday, as nicely.
In the meantime, British singer Petula Clark stated Tuesday she was shocked to listen to that the rigged RV performed her music “Downtown” over speaker earlier than the explosion. Along with the music, the RV performed a message saying it could detonate in 15 minutes, giving police time to evacuate the realm earlier than the blast.
“I really feel the necessity to categorical my shock and disbelief on the Christmas Day explosion in our beloved Music Metropolis. I like Nashville and its individuals. Why this violent act — forsaking it such devastation?” Clark posted on Fb.
“Just a few hours later — I used to be instructed that the music within the background of that unusual announcement — was me — singing “Downtown”! Of all of the 1000’s of songs — why this one?”
Clark stated she needed to “wrap my arms round Nashville” and “offer you all a hug.”