Nashville bomber’s girlfriend warned police in 2019: ‘Somebody dropped the ball’

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Documents obtained by a Tennessee newspaper show that local and federal authorities were aware of suicide bomber Anthony Quinn Warner long before he detonated an explosive outside an AT&T store in Nashville on Christmas Day.

Yet just as was the case with Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz, “[n]o actions appear to have been taken to stop Warner,” according to The Tennessean.

Warner reportedly first appeared on the authorities’ radar when his then-girlfriend told the Metro Nashville Police Department on Aug. 21, 2019, that he “was building bombs in the RV trailer at his residence.”

“Police were called by the woman’s attorney, Raymond Throckmorton III, who was concerned about comments she had made. When they arrived, they found her sitting on the porch with two unloaded guns nearby,” The Tennessean reported Tuesday.

“While at the house, the woman told police about the bomb comments Warner had made. Throckmorton … told officers Warner ‘frequently talks about the military and bomb making,’ … Warner ‘knows what he is doing and is capable of making a bomb,’ the attorney said to the officers.”

The woman meanwhile reportedly identified the unloaded guns as the property of Warner and said she didn’t want them at her home any longer.

In a statement to The Tennessean, Throckmorton said this week that at the time he’d urged local authorities to really delve into his client’s claim and warned that he was afraid for her safety.

After speaking with the woman on Aug. 21, 2019, MNPD officers then visited Warner’s home at 115 Bakertown Road in Antioch and — after knocking several times on the front door to no avail — found his now-notorious RV.

(Source: Google Maps)

“Officers saw his RV behind the house, but the vehicle was fenced off and police were unable to see inside of it. … While there, police noted that there were ‘several security cameras and wires attached to an alarm sign on the front door.’ The officers notified supervisors and detectives about the incident,” according to The Tennessean.

Because there was “no evidence of a crime,” officers had no other option but to report their findings to both the department’s hazardous devices unit and the FBI, according to a statement from MNPD spokesman Don Aaron.

Later the same day, “the FBI reported back that they checked their holdings and found no records on Warner at all,” Aaron said to The Tennessean. The Department of Defense reported similar findings about a week later.

Apparently, no future investigations occurred afterward, though the blame for this seems a bit murky.

The FBI claims that Throckmorton, who had apparently represented Warner at some point in time, refused at the time to allow local authorities to interview Warner or step onto his property.

Speaking with the paper, Aaron said this is true.

“[H]e said officers recalled Throckmorton saying Warner ‘did not care for the police,’ and that Throckmorton would not allow Warner to give consent to officers to conduct a visual inspection of the RV,” The Tennessean reported.

But Throckmorton has claimed this is a lie, telling the paper that, while he’d represented Warner in the past, he wasn’t representing him anymore by August 2019.

“I have no memory of that whatsoever. I didn’t represent him anymore. He wasn’t an active client. I’m not a criminal defense attorney,” he said.

Likewise, he appears to believe the blame for Warner going uninvestigated lies with the authorities.

“Somebody, somewhere dropped the ball,” he said.

It certainly wouldn’t be the first time.

After the incident, Warner disappeared from the limelight, though he continued to garner attention from those immediately around him, including his neighbors.

On Dec. 21st, for instance, Warner was asked by a neighbor whether Santa was “going to bring you anything good for Christmas.” He replied by saying, “Oh, yeah, Nashville and the world is never going to forget me.”

The neighbor told the Associated Press that he’d assumed Warner meant “something good” was going to happen to him financially. As such, he was shocked when he learned that Warner was the perpetrator of the Christmas bombing.

“Nothing about this guy raised any red flags. He was just quiet,” the neighbor said.

True, but according to other neighbors, he was also an “oddball” with strange habits.

“Tony Rodriguez lives in the second home of the duplex in Antioch that law enforcement searched Saturday. … Rodriguez said he never spoke to his neighbor and didn’t know his name,” The Washington Post reported.

“The few times Rodriguez saw the man, he was tinkering with an antenna above the house and power-washing the driveway behind their home. Rodriguez said the neighbor kept several ‘No Trespassing’ and warning signs around his property, particularly where he kept the RV.”

“He always seemed like an oddball,” Rodriguez added.

An oddball whom authorities now suspect had a schizophrenic paranoia about 5G technology and may have blamed it for his apparent cancer diagnosis.

Incidentally, his Christmas Day bombing “crippled” AT&T’s “systems throughout the Southeast,” according to The Tennessean.

Vivek Saxena

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