Police say Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, died in the Christmas explosion
The FBI has confirmed that the assailant, 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner, was killed in the Christmas Day bombings in Nashville. He died in a suicide bombing when a motor home exploded outside an AT&T building.
Local and federal officials said Sunday that the remains at the scene were a DNA match with Warner, an eccentric IT worker who lived outside of Nashville, and that he believed he acted alone in carrying out the attack.
"We're still following the lead, but at the moment there is no indication that anyone else was involved," said Douglas Korneski, special agent for the FBI's Memphis branch. & # 39; We checked hours of safety video surrounding the recreational vehicle. We didn't see any other participants. & # 39;
Investigators refused to comment on a possible motive after Warner reported harbored deep paranoia about 5G cell phone technology.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper said Sunday he suspects the AT&T transmission center was affected by the attack that devastated phone systems in several southern states on Christmas Day.
At an earlier press conference, police officers described how the camper van covered with cameras and speakers issued a threatening warning of the impending explosion and classic soul hit & # 39; Downtown & # 39; played by Petula Clark just before the explosion.
Nashville police chief John Drake speaks at a news conference Sunday. The FBI has confirmed that Anthony Quinn Warner, aged 63, is the prime suspect in the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville. DNA shows that he died in an apparent suicide attack
This image from a Metro Nashville PD surveillance video shows the RV that was involved in an explosion on Friday. Loudspeakers on the vehicle played the soul hit & # 39; Downtown & # 39; before it exploded
Nashville Mayor John Cooper said Sunday he suspects the AT&T transmission center was affected by the attack that devastated phone systems in several southern states on Christmas Day
FBI and ATF agents are investigating Warner's house on Saturday. "It is currently believed that no one else was involved," Metro Nashville Police Department said in a statement citing Warner as the prime suspect
Cooper told Face the Nation CBS News that there "must be a connection with the AT&T facility and the location of the bombing."
Michelle Swing, a 29-year-old who lives in Los Angeles but previously lived in Tennessee, exclusively shared with DailyMail.com that she did not know that 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner bought the $ 160,000 property last month had signed by a Quitclaim deed
WSMV Nashville said the FBI was looking into allegations that Warner was paranoid about the idea that Americans are being spied on using 5G, which could explain the location of the explosion on 2nd Avenue North.
A shop owner on this street said he has parked a similar RV in the area several times in the past few weeks, suggesting that Warner may have "staked out" the location of the attack.
Warner was a retired burglar alarm installer who continued to work as a freelance IT consultant. Neighbors described him as an eccentric loner who was often seen tinkering with unusual antennas outside of his home in Antioch, a suburb of Nashville.
FBI agents raided Warner's home on Bakertown Road in Antioch on Saturday morning. Several neighbors described Warner as an "oddball" and said they saw an RV parked in front of the house that matched the one used in the attack.
DailyMail.com revealed the house had been for $ 160,000 transfer Free for 29-year-old Michelle Swing on November 25th – but she claims she was unaware of the exchange.
In media reports, Warner was first identified as a person of interest on Saturday when FBI agents raided his home. A vehicle was parked in Google Street View images that matched the vehicle used in the bombing raids.
Daniel Douglas (above) talks about being next to Anthony Quinn Warner in front of his Nashville home on Sunday. Those who knew him said Warner was an eccentric loner who often tinkered with antenna spots around his house
A cool video captured the moment when the mobile home exploded in front of Nashville's AT&T building at around 6:40 a.m. on Friday morning
Shortly after the Friday morning explosion, smoke rises at the AT&T transmission center in downtown Nashville
Warner gave away his $ 160,000 home for nothing a month before the explosion, DailyMail.com exclusively revealed. The property is pictured with a white motor home identical to the one used in the bombing in front of the house before the Google Street View explosion
Investigators removed items from the basement of the house in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday afternoon
The two properties are just 15 minutes' drive from the street in downtown Nashville where the bomb exploded
What we know about the bombing
- Cops responded to reports of gunfire firing around 6 a.m. on Friday in downtown Nashville and came across a motor home that sent a warning that a bomb would go off in 15 minutes
- An explosion broke out outside the AT&T building at around 6:40 a.m., injuring three people, damaging dozen of buildings, and causing widespread WiFi and cell phone outages in Tennessee and Kentucky
- Police identified Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, as a person of interest after FBI agents saw a house connected to him flood in Antioch
- The FBI is reportedly investigating allegations that Warner was paranoid about the use of 5G to spy on Americans, which may explain why the explosion started outside the AT&T building
- The DNA confirmed that Warner died in the explosion, and the FBI says he acted alone
According to Newsweek, authorities have searched Warner's mother for DNA to see if it matches the remains found at the bombing site.
The agents also spent time on Saturday searching another location as well as Warner's house and spoke to a real estate agent in Nashville who called to say Warner used to work for him.
Steve Fridrich told WSMV that Warner was a subcontractor who had been doing IT work for him for years. He claimed agents asked him if Warner had talked about 5G in the past, but he said no.
& # 39; Nice guy. You know, he was a tech freak – don't mean that negatively. He would do this thing and go. He didn't bother anyone. He did his thing and left, ”said Fridrich.
In another interview with the Tennessean, Fridrich said that Warner "seemed very likeable to us – that's pretty unusual in my opinion".
The Daily Beast reported that Warner was arrested back in January 1978 and found guilty of an unspecified crime in 1980.
He was described as an "oddball" by neighbors, some of whom had reported seeing the RV parked in front of his house when the explosion occurred.
Tony Rodriguez lives in the second apartment in the maisonette that agents raided Saturday, but told the Washington Post that he had never spoken to his neighbor and does not know his name.
He claimed Warner had posted "No Trespassing" signs around the house, particularly near the RV, and was often seen tinkering with the antenna above the house.
Rodriguez also alleged that investigators took a computer motherboard from Warner's house during the search.
Another neighbor, Steven Stone, 61, confirmed that he had seen a similar RV parked outside of Warner's house.
"When I looked out the window and saw all the law enforcement agencies, I realized I was going to see the camper up there," he said USA today.
The FBI allegedly received two tips about Warner prior to the explosion, including one from a person who reported he was making bombs in his RV in August 2019, The Sun reported.
Speaking to CBS News & # 39; Face the Nation on Sunday, Nashville Mayor John Cooper said he suspects the AT&T building was affected by the attack
ATF and law enforcement officers are investigating the Christmas Day explosion that pierced downtown Nashville
FBI agents swarmed Warner's $ 160,000 estate on Saturday morning in search of the mysterious motorhome driver behind the devastating explosion outside Nashville's AT&T building early on Christmas morning
Federal agents can be seen at Warner's home on Bakertown Road, Antioch on Saturday
A man whose business was destroyed in the explosion on Friday came in on Sunday to indicate that Warner had "staked out" the area.
Peter Gibson, owner of Pride and Glory Tattoo, said he had seen a motor home parked outside his salon several times in the past few weeks.
"I can't tell if it was, but it was very similar," Gibson told WZTV.
"Whoever it was, they'd staked and they'd done their rounds and routine and apparently practiced for a couple of weeks."
What We Know About Anthony Quinn Warner
Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, was identified by local media as the person interested in the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville. Warner is unmarried and childless and is considered a Nashville resident who lived in a suburb of Antioch.
A property attached to him since the 1980s was searched Saturday afternoon on Bakertown Road, Antioch. That house was given free of charge to 29-year-old Michelle Swing on November 25, but she claims she was unaware of the exchange.
Warner had brought a $ 249,000 home on the same street to Swing for free in January 2019.
This house previously belonged to Warner's father Charles, who died in 2011. It was passed on to Warner's brother Steve before being handed over to Warner in October 2018, a month before Steve's death.
Warner's mother Chris is still alive and he has a sister Teresa.
The Daily Beast reported that Warner was arrested in 1978 and convicted of an unspecified crime in 1980.
The neighbors described Warner as an "oddball" tinkering with the antenna on his roof and placing "No Trepassing" signs around his house.
FBI agents are charged with investigating tips that Warner was paranoid about spying on Americans over 5G.
He used the address on Bakertown Road as the location of his Custom Alarms Electronics company, which specialized in burglar alarms. The license for the company expired in 1998.
Warner then went on to become a freelance IT professional, subcontracting a local real estate agent who spoke to FBI agents on Saturday.
Adding to the mystery of Warner was the revelation that at the end of last month he had moved his house in Antioch to Swing by means of a quitclaim.
Swing, who lives in Los Angeles, said she was unaware of the transfer and her signature did not appear on the November 25 deed.
"In the state of Tennessee, you can transfer property to another person without their consent, signature or otherwise," Swing told DailyMail.com on Saturday.
“I didn't even buy the house, he just gave it to me without my knowledge.
"It's all very strange to me, that's about all I can say."
She declined to say if she had ever met Warner or if she had family ties with him, adding, "I was told to refer everything else to the FBI."
However, Warner reportedly informed Swing of the home transfer in a letter she turned over to the FBI.
In the letter, Warner said that he "intended to travel on Christmas Eve to spend a few weeks in the woods with his dogs," reported the Sun.
He also shared some details about his property before closing on a bizarre line: “The attic has plywood and lighting, take a look. The basement is not normal, take a look. Woof woof Julio. & # 39;
Records show that Warner moved another house on Bakertown Road to Swing through a Quitclaim deed in January 2019.
The $ 249,000 home was previously owned by a member of his family, and Warner had only owned it five months before giving it to Swing again for free. She later also used a quitclaim to give the house to someone else.
The house was originally owned by Warner's father Charles, but was given to Warner's brother Steve after Charles' death in 2011.
Steve died of cancer in September 2018, a month after Warner bought the house.
Court records show that Warner's mother, Chris, tried to stop the second house relocation last year after accusing her son of acting as Steve's power of attorney in his own interest before he died, the Tennessean said. Chris later dropped the case against her son.
Swing's address on the record for the transfer is Lenoir City, Tennessee, a two hour drive from Nashville.
In March 2019, she also used a notice of termination to give the house away to a person named Betty Lane, according to the county.
According to her LinkedIn profile, she studied Marketing and Business at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she worked until 2012 when she moved to California.
Swing initially lived in San Francisco before moving to Los Angeles in October 2018, where she works in artist development for the Anschutz Entertainment Group.
The 29-year-old Swing received two houses from Warner, but their connection is unknown. She now lives in California
Swing has claimed she had no idea the house was handed over to her for free on November 25th
Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, signed the property on a notice of termination to Michelle Swing, a 29-year-old woman who lives in Los Angeles, for $ 0.00. Swing's signature did not appear on the November 25 transfer and she told DailyMail.com that she knew absolutely nothing about it
According to records, Warner also transferred this house to Swing in January 2019 for $ 249,000
Petula Clark's "Downtown"
(Verse 1) – When you're alone and life makes you lonely; You can always go downtown; When you are in worry, all the noise and the rush; Seems to help i know downtown
(Pre-Chorus) – Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city; Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty. How can you lose The lights are much brighter there; You can forget all your problems, forget all your worries
(Choir) – So go downtown; Things will be great when you are downtown; Not a nice place downtown; Everything is waiting for you
(Verse 2) – Don't stay around and let your problems surround you. There are movie shows downtown; Perhaps you know some little places to go; Where they never close in the city center
(Pre-Chorus) – Just hear the rhythm of a gentle bossa nova. You'll dance with them too before the night is over; Happy again; The lights are much brighter there; You can forget all your problems, forget all your worries
(Choir) – So go downtown; Where all the lights are bright in the city center; I'm waiting for you downtown tonight. You'll be fine now, downtown
(Instrumental break with backing vocals)
(Pre-Chorus) – And maybe you can find someone to help you and understand you. Someone who is just like you and needs a gentle hand; Lead them along; Maybe I'll see you there We can forget all of our problems, forget all of our worries
(Choir) – So go downtown; Things will be great when you are downtown; Don't wait a minute more downtown. Everything is waiting for you in the city center
(Outro) – Downtown (inner city); Downtown (inner city); Downtown (inner city); Inner city
Petula Clark is pictured in March 2020
Friday's explosion came from a white RV parked in front of the AT&T building on 2nd Avenue at 6:40 a.m. The explosion injured three people and caused severe damage to the city center.
Police officers were called into the area around 6:00 a.m. after reports of gunfire.
They arrived so as not to find any evidence of a shooting, but instead encountered the motor home, which was playing a recording of the voice of a woman warning that it would explode in 15 minutes.
Six answering officers who rushed to evacuate the area were hailed as heroes for their quick efforts in the face of great danger.
They are: Officers Brenna Hosey, James Luellen, Michael Sipos, Amanda Topping, James Wells and Sergeant Timothy Miller.
Five of the officials described their version of the events at a news conference on Sunday morning, revealing that the motor home was playing the Petula Clark song Downtown before it exploded.
Luellen said he arrived at the scene first and searched the building where gunfire was reported without finding any evidence of gunfire.
Hosey arrived shortly afterwards. At that point, both officers heard the tape from inside the vehicle.
“There's a big bomb in this vehicle. Your main goal is to evacuate, ”Luellen quoted a woman's voice.
"I looked at Officer Hosey to see if we heard the same thing and then started over," he said.
Luellen said he reported the audio to his supervisor, Sgt Miller, who ordered all available units to be deployed and instructed officers to evacuate the area.
Minutes later, the RV started playing a three-minute countdown, followed by "Downtown," Luellen said. He said all the shadows were on the vehicle that had no label.
Then came the explosion that knocked Luellen to the ground and triggered an airbag in another officer's vehicle.
Officer Wells described hearing a "voice from God" asking him to check on his partner. Topping seconds before the explosion started and knocked him back.
Topping said she sprinted over to Wells and the couple ran for cover in a doorway.
"I've never grabbed anyone this hard in my life," Topping said, her voice trembling with emotion.
Wells said EMTs tried to rush him to the hospital for a checkup, but he convinced them to let him go and focus their efforts on the three reported injuries.
Each of the officers described how they called family members to make sure they were safe before news of the explosion reached the media.
At a press conference on Sunday, officer Richard Luellen described his efforts to evacuate the area on Friday
Officers Amanda Topping (left) and James Wells (right) were talking about running for cover together when the bomb went off
Investigators immediately launched a wild chase for the person who had left the mobile home on the road. On Saturday officials said they were tracking approximately 500 leads and had nearly 250 agents and analysts on the case.
The FBI also investigated whether the explosion was deliberately aimed at police officers.
One expert suggested that the creepy shot was supposed to get as many police officers and first responders to the area to kill or maim them.
"I think it was probably an idea to get first responders," ex-NYPD detective Bill Ryan told Fox News on Saturday.
Nashville police confirmed Saturday that they are investigating possible human remains at the site of the explosion.
Rescue workers are working near an explosion site in downtown Nashville on Friday
An aerial view of the scene in downtown Nashville on Friday morning after an "intentional" explosion came from a parked car
This is what's left of Second Avenue in downtown Nashville after the Friday morning explosion. The police have not yet identified a suspect
The gigantic explosion caused damage to more than 40 buildings. Several videos showed the widespread effects.
“I've never seen anything like it. It shook everything, ”one resident told CNN.
David Malloy said he was walking his dog right by the RV and heard the warning message from the vehicle.
Police told Malloy to come back just before the bomb went off. He told WKRN that it is a "Christmas miracle" that he is still alive.
Gibson, the owner of a tattoo parlor whose shop was destroyed in the explosion, told WZTV he was "broken, speechless and angry".
"I'm trying to have a big heart and I'm trying to be a big person … (but) that person is sure to get what they're coming," he said of the attacker.
David Malloy walked past the motorhome with his dog and heard the warning message from the vehicle. He can be seen in a downtown lobby shortly before the explosion
Malloy told WKRN that it is a "Christmas miracle" that he is still alive
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced on Saturday that he has requested an emergency statement from President Donald Trump to aid ongoing efforts and relief efforts.
“I visited the site of the bombing this morning. The damage is shocking and it's a wonder none of the residents were killed. I continue to pray for those injured in the explosion, ”he wrote on Twitter.
On Saturday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration classified the airspace over the site of the bombing as "National Defense Airspace".
The order prohibits pilots from flying one nautical mile over the site and around it. The restriction will remain in effect until December 30th.
In the meantime, the area on site is still cordoned off and there is a strong police presence.
Nashville Mayor Cooper said it will be "some time" before 2nd Avenue opens as usual.
On Friday evening, he announced a curfew in the vicinity of the bombing site while the investigation continued.
"A curfew begins on Friday, December 25th at 4:30 pm and will be lifted on Sunday, December 27th at 4:30 pm," tweeted Cooper.
With the RV parked in front of an AT&T facility, the explosion caused widespread network outages in the company's telephone and Internet services in Tennessee and Kentucky.
This issue raised security concerns as 911 dispatchers reportedly struggled to locate callers.
This was the scene immediately after the Friday morning explosion in downtown Nashville
A vehicle burns near an explosion in the Second and Commerce area of Nashville on Friday
Nashville Mayor John Cooper says it will be "some time" before 2nd Avenue and the surrounding downtown area open as usual
A law enforcement officer walks past damage from an explosion in downtown Nashville
The extent of the rubble was enormous. The whole of 2nd Avenue between The whole of Second Avenue was covered with it
FBI special agent in charge Matt Foster asked the public for information on Friday evening.
"The FBI is today with the city of Nashville on this very tragic event on Christmas Day," said Foster.
& # 39; This is our city too. We live here, we work here. We're doing everything we can to find out who was responsible for what happened here today.
"There are clues that need to be followed up and technical work needs to take place."
Anyone with information about the incident was asked to contact the FBI at www.fbi.gov/nashville or by phone.
Marcus Lemonis, star of CNBC's The Profit, offered a $ 250,000 reward for information leading to the perpetrator's arrest and conviction.
His offer brought the reward to $ 300,000 after previous smaller reward offers from Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp., FOX Sports presenter Clay Travis, and Lewis Country Store.
Neighbors reported seeing a white RV parked in Warner's driveway. Agents can be seen in the house for $ 160,000
A member of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Bureau is seen outside the house
Police officers gather to investigate the house, which has been searched for more bombs
ATF police searched the house and removed evidence from the basement
Neighbors watch as investigators ransack the house allegedly linked to the bomb suspect
A law enforcement officer returns to his vehicle while the search for the house continues
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