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Nashville Bomb: Tennessee Police Drive Over "PA Truck Telling People To Evacuate"


A freeway in Tennessee was closed after a PA-system truck reportedly told people to evacuate the area on Sunday.

The Wilson County Sheriff's Office tweeted, "Highway 231 South from Cedars of Lebanon State Park to Richmond Shop Road is currently closed due to a suspicious vehicle."

It comes just two days after the Nashville bombing that blew up a recreational vehicle on a largely deserted street and recorded a warning telling people nearby to evacuate.

Police confirmed on Sunday that 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner is interested in the Christmas explosion. Warner is believed to have died when a motor home was blown up outside the AT&T building in Nashville and three were injured.

He had experience with electronics and alarms, according to public records, and worked as a computer consultant for a real estate agent in Nashville.

The five officers responding related what happened Friday when investigators continued to demolish the motive of the RV bombing on a largely deserted street shortly after the recorded warning was issued calling for people to evacuate.

A Tennessee freeway was closed on Sunday over reports of a PA system truck urging people to evacuate the area. The footage of the scene shows a white truck on an empty road surrounded by police cars

A police robot inspected the truck Sunday after police said it was "playing audio similar to what was heard before the Christmas Day explosion in Nashville".

A police robot inspected the truck Sunday after police said it was "playing audio similar to what was heard before the Christmas Day explosion in Nashville".

What we know about the Christmas bombs

  • 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
  • At around 6:40 a.m., an explosion broke out in front of the AT&T building, 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 believed to be 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

Footage from Sunday's scene shows a white truck on an empty street surrounded by police cars.

The truck had told people to evacuate through a PA system, WSMV reports. The driver has since been arrested.

The Rutherford County sheriff's office said in a statement the truck "played audio similar to what was heard before the Christmas Day explosion in Nashville."

They said the truck was parked outside a supermarket in Rutherford to make the announcement before heading to Wilson County.

The police were called at 10:30 am local time and found the vehicle.

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office said in a statement: "Rutherford and Wilson Sheriff's MPs are investigating a van parked in a supermarket that is playing audio, similar to what was heard before the Christmas Day explosion in Nashville.

The driver traveled from Rutherford County to Wilson County, where he was stopped and jailed by MPs.

& # 39; As a precautionary measure, local residents were evacuated during the active investigation.

Rutherford County's dispatchers received a call around 10:30 am about the white box truck parked at Crossroads Market in Walter Hill. The MPs located the truck and stopped the traffic.

"Rutherford and Wilson County Sheriff's Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are working together on the ongoing investigation."

The Christmas Day attack in Nashville, which damaged an AT&T building, continued to wreak havoc on cell phone services and police-hospital communications in several southern states.

Investigators closed the heart of downtown Nashville's tourist scene – an area teeming with restaurants and shops – when they shuffled through broken glass and damaged buildings to learn about the explosion.

Police said the truck was parked outside a supermarket in Rutherford to make the announcement before heading to Wilson County. The police were called at 10:30 am local time and found the vehicle

Police said the truck was parked outside a supermarket in Rutherford to make the announcement before heading to Wilson County. The police were called at 10:30 am local time and found the vehicle

Mayor John Cooper has imposed a downtown curfew through Sunday to restrict public access to the area. More than 40 buildings were affected.

Metro Nashville police chief John Drake responded to a report of gunfire on Friday when they stumbled upon the RV and issued a pre-recorded warning that a bomb would explode in 15 minutes.

The police evacuated nearby buildings and called the bomb squad. The motor home exploded shortly afterwards.

On Sunday, police described how the RV issued a threatening warning of the impending explosion and the song & # 39; Downtown & # 39; played by Petula Clark in the minutes prior to the explosion.

There is growing speculation that the AT&T building was deliberately targeted in the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville when the FBI investigates rumors that the main person interested in the attack is believed to be Anthony Quinn by police Warner was identified as having a deep paranoia about 5G technology. Pictured: Investigators dig through the rubble on 2nd Avenue North

There is growing speculation that the AT&T building was deliberately targeted in the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville when the FBI investigates rumors that the main person interested in the attack is believed to be Anthony Quinn by police Warner was identified as having a deep paranoia about 5G technology. Pictured: Investigators dig through the rubble on 2nd Avenue North

Speaking to CBS News & # 39; Face the Nation on Sunday, Nashville Mayor John Cooper suspected the AT&T building had been affected by the attack

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

The FBI is set to investigate whether Warner may have been motivated by the paranoid belief that Americans are being spied on using 5G technology.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper said Sunday he suspects the AT&T transmission center was deliberately attacked.

A man whose business was destroyed in the blast told WZTV that he had spotted a similar RV parked in the area several times in the past few weeks, suggesting that Warner may have "staked out" the site.

Several neighbors of Warner's house on Bakertown Road, Antioch, described him as an "oddball" who posted "No Trespassing" signs on the property and often tinkered with a television antenna on the house.

They also said he had an RV the same as the one used in the attack on the property, as seen in Google's Street View images from last year.

The FBI reportedly received two tips about Warner prior to the explosion, including one from a person who reported that he was making bombs in his RV in August 2019.

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.

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."

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 rushing 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 and has now found 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.

Rescue workers are working near an explosion site in downtown Nashville on Friday

Rescue workers are working near an explosion site in downtown Nashville on Friday

A law enforcement officer walks past damage from an explosion in downtown Nashville

A law enforcement officer walks past damage from an explosion in downtown Nashville

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. 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 rescue workers 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.

DISCOVERED: The 63-year-old Nashville "bomber" told the 29-year-old LA mother he was planning to spend Christmas "with his dogs in the woods" and warned her about the basement of her house, which he can use for free posed.

Nashville bomb suspect Anthony Quinn Warner reportedly sent a letter to Michelle Swing (above) informing her that he had given her ownership of his home in Antioch last month

Nashville bomb suspect Anthony Quinn Warner reportedly sent a letter to Michelle Swing (above) informing her that he had given her ownership of his home in Antioch last month

A letter allegedly sent by the suspect in the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville to a woman to whom he transferred ownership of his home was revealed.

Police confirmed on Sunday that 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner is interested in the investigation that began when a motor home exploded outside the AT&T building in Nashville on Friday morning, injuring three people and damaging dozen of buildings.

FBI agents were seen raiding Warner's Antioch home on Saturday when DailyMail.com exclusively announced that he had given the property to Los Angeles-based 29-year-old Michelle Swing for free on a November 25 receipt.

Swing told DailyMail.com that she didn't know Warner, a self-employed IT contractor, had given the house to her for $ 160,000.

However, a new report said Warner wrote to Swing about the broadcast last month, saying, “The attic is plywood and lighting. The basement is not normal, take a look. Woof woof Julio. & # 39;

In the letter, Warner also stated that, according to The Sun, he "wanted to travel on Christmas Eve to spend a few weeks in the woods with his dogs".

The $ 160,000 home that Warner Swing made available for free on a November 25 receipt is pictured above. On the left is a white motor home similar to the one used in the Friday bombings

The $ 160,000 home that Warner Swing donated for free in a November 25th Quitclaim deed is shown above. On the left is a white motor home similar to the one used in the Friday bombings

On Saturday morning, FBI agents swarmed Warner's property on Bakertown Road

On Saturday morning, FBI agents swarmed Warner's property on Bakertown Road

Warner's two properties are only a 15-minute drive from the spot where the bomb exploded

Warner's two properties are only a 15-minute drive from the spot where the bomb exploded

Speaking to DailyMail.com, Swing declined to disclose whether she had ever met Warner or if she had family connections with him, saying, "I was told to refer everything else to the FBI."

The Sun reported that police believe Warner may have had a relationship with Swing's mother.

At the point of sale, Swing told investigators that she last spoke to Warner a week before Thanksgiving and had never met him in person.

The mobile home used in the Christmas morning bombing is shown hours before it exploded

The mobile home used in the Christmas morning bombing is shown hours before it exploded

Shortly after the Friday morning explosion, smoke rises at the AT&T transmission center in downtown Nashville

Shortly after the Friday morning explosion, smoke rises at the AT&T transmission center in downtown Nashville

Swing has claimed she had no idea the house was handed over to her for free on November 25th

Swing has claimed she had no idea the house was handed over to her for free on November 25th

Adding to the mystery of Warner was the fact 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, insisted that she was unaware of the transfer and that her signature does 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."

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 Warner's mother, Chris, tried to stop the second house relocation last year after accusing her son of acting in his own interests as Steve's proxy prior to his death, the Tennessean said. Chris later dropped the case against her son.

Swing's signature did not appear on the November 25 transfer and she told DailyMail.com that she knew absolutely nothing about it

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 sent that $ 249,000 home to Swing in January 2019

According to records, Warner also transferred this house to Swing in January 2019 for $ 249,000

Swing's address on the log 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.

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.

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