- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Authorities were told Anthony Quinn Warner was making bombs inside his RV more than 16 months before his vehicle blew up on Christmas morning in downtown Nashville, police confirmed Wednesday.

The Nashville Metropolitan Police Department said local and federal authorities were notified last year about Warner, 63, the lone suspect and fatality of Friday’s blast outside an AT&T switching facility.

On its website, the MPD released an incident report that was initially written after police were dispatched to the residence of Warner’s former girlfriend, Pamela Perry, on the morning of Aug. 21, 2019.

Ms. Perry “made statements that her boyfriend,” Warner, “was building bombs in the RV trailer at his residence,” reads part of the incident report compiled by police at the time.

The responding officer also reported that Raymond Throckmorton, a lawyer who told police he represented both Ms. Perry and Warner, stated the latter “frequently talks about the military and bomb making.”

Mr. Throckmorton, the officer wrote, “stated that he believes that the suspect [Warner] knows what he is doing and is capable of making a bomb.”

Nashville police subsequently attempted to speak with Warner at his residence but were unsuccessful, the officer recalled in the report.

Both the MPD’s Hazardous Devices Unit and FBI were each notified about Warner within the next day, Nashville police said on its site Wednesday.

Warner indicated through his lawyer at the time he would not allow police to inspect his RV, and the FBI found no records of him while searching its databases, the MPD said on its website.

“At no time was there any evidence of a crime detected and no additional action was taken,” MPD added. “No additional information about Warner came to the department’s or the FBI’s attention after August 2019.”

The FBI told The Washington Times later Wednesday it “found no records at all” on Warner when it searched its databases last summer. That included a search done of Department of Defense records as well.

“The FBI regularly assists our law enforcement partners seeking additional information to further their investigations,” the FBI told The Times. “The FBI will continue to work closely with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to assess intelligence around any known or potential threats to public safety.”

Warner’s RV blew up Christmas morning shortly after local police arrived on the scene in response to receiving a call about supposed gunshots heard in the area.

The RV had been broadcasting an ominous audio warning urging people to evacuate the area, along with the 1964 song “Downtown” by Petula Clarks, in the minutes before exploding.

Several buildings were seriously damaged, including the AT&T facility, which in turn caused telecommunication disruptions throughout the region.

• Andrew Blake can be reached at ablake@washingtontimes.com.

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