There is growing speculation that the AT&T building was deliberately targeted in the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville, when the FBI is investigating rumors that the prime suspect in the attack was deeply paranoid about 5G technology.
Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, was named the only FBI person of interest in local media after a motor home exploded outside the AT&T building in Nashville on Friday morning, injuring three people and damaging several buildings.
The explosion is believed to have been the result of a suicide attack after it was revealed that human remains had been recovered at the scene and officials said they were not looking for another suspect.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper said Sunday morning he suspects the AT&T transmission center was affected by the attack.
Cooper told Face the Nation CBS News that there "must be a connection with the AT&T facility and the location of the bombing."
Law enforcement sources told CBS that Warner was believed to have died in the explosion when DNA testing was performed on the remains. The outlet reported that the FBI received at least two tips about Warner prior to the explosion.
WSMV Nashville said the FBI had been 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.
FBI agents raided Warner's home on Bakerstown 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 was the same as 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 didn't know about the exchange.
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Speculation has risen that the AT&T building was deliberately targeted in the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville as the FBI investigates rumors that the prime suspect in the attack, identified by the media as Anthony Quinn Warner, had a deep paranoia about 5G technology. Pictured: Investigators dig through the rubble on 2nd Avenue North
A cool video captured the moment when the mobile home exploded in front of Nashville's AT&T building at around 6:30 a.m. on Friday morning
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
Shortly after the explosion on Friday morning, smoke rises at the AT&T broadcast center in downtown Nashville
Warner gave away his $ 160,000 home for nothing a month before the explosion, DailyMail.com exclusively announced. The property is pictured with a white motor home that was used in the Google Street View bombing prior to the explosion
The two properties are just a 15-minute drive from the street in downtown Nashville where the bomb exploded
Investigators removed items from the basement of the house in Nashville, Tennessee, Saturday afternoon
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
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 in front of the AT&T building at around 6:40 a.m., injuring three people, damaging dozens of buildings, and causing widespread WiFi and cell phone outages in Tennessee and Kentucky
- The media identified Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, as a person of interest when FBI agents gushed at an affiliated house in Antioch
- The FBI is believed to be investigating allegations that Warner was paranoid about the use of 5G to spy on Americans, which could explain why the blast started outside the AT&T building
Officials did not identify a suspect on Saturday when the raid began on the apartment, but the unmarried Warner was named in media reports and a vehicle similar to the one used in the bombing is in Google Street View images next to the two-bed house parked.
According to Newsweek, authorities will dab Warner's mother to see if he matches the remains found at the bomb 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 done 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.
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 did not know his name.
He alleged that Warner posted "No Trespassing" signs around the house, especially near the RV, and that he was often seen tinkering with the antenna above the house.
Rodriguez also alleged 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 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 mobile home that exploded on Christmas morning is shown. The police are now allegedly investigating whether it belonged to Anthony Quinn Warner
ATF and law enforcement officials are investigating the Christmas Day explosion that pierced downtown Nashville
FBI agents swarmed Warner's $ 160,000 estate Saturday morning in search of the mysterious RV driver behind the devastating explosion outside Nashville's AT&T building on Christmas morning
Federal agents can be seen at Warner's home on Bakertown Road, Antioch on Saturday
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. This 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 home to Swing for $ 249,000 on the same street 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" who tinkered with the antenna on his roof and placed "No Trepassing" signs around his house.
FBI agents 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 specializes 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 he had moved his house in Antioch to Swing late last month on the basis of a quitclaim deed.
Swing, who lives in Los Angeles, said she was unaware of the transfer and 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."
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."
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.
Swing's address in 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.
The 29-year-old Swing received two houses from Warner, but the connection between them 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 via 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 she knew absolutely nothing about it
According to records, Warner also sent that $ 249,000 home to Swing in January 2019
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 in the city center.
The shocking surveillance video of the explosion reveals that a police officer had just walked away from the construction site when the bomb exploded and was barely missed being in the line of fire for flying debris.
The incident had led investigators on a wild chase to determine who the vehicle belonged to.
On Saturday afternoon, a swarm of federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were seen outside an address listed on Warner in the Nashville neighborhood of Antioch.
Neighbors reported having a white RV parked in front of his property for the past two weeks. A similar vehicle can also be seen from May 2019 on a Google Street View search for Warner's address.
According to CBS, "the FBI was given at least two tips about Warner prior to the explosion".
Neighbors reported having parked a white motor home 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
During a press conference on Saturday afternoon, the FBI refused to identify any person in their investigation.
They say they are still tracking about 500 leads and nearly 250 agents and analysts are on the case.
The Bureau is also investigating whether the explosion was deliberately targeted at law enforcement officers.
Shortly before the explosion, police officers were called to 2nd Avenue after a shootout was reported. However, they arrived and found the white motor home playing a recorded announcement saying it was going to explode in 15 minutes.
An expert now suspects that the creepy shot should bring as many police officers and first aiders as possible 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.
Six police officers were hailed as heroes after the descent and tried to clear out pedestrians and residents before the bomb went off.
The blast injured three people and caused severe damage to the city center
On Saturday, Tennessee Gov Bill Lee announced that he had requested an emergency statement from President Donald Trump to aid ongoing efforts and relief.
“I visited the site of the bombing this morning. The damage is shocking and it's a wonder no residents were killed. I continue to pray for those injured in the blast, ”he wrote on Twitter.
When the Nashville police confirmed they were investigating whether human remains had been found at the site of the bomb explosion.
Tissue was discovered at the crime scene, according to CNN, and forensic scientists are now working to determine if it is human.
It is unclear whether anyone was in the RV at the time of the detonation.
The gigantic explosion caused damage to more than 40 buildings. New videos show the widespread impact it caused.
A shocking clip shared on social media shows an apartment building shaking violently during the explosion.
A resident told CNN on Saturday, “I've never seen anything like it. It shook everything & # 39;
Meanwhile, other videos widely on social media show people hiding in buildings along 2nd Avenue when police officers warned them that the RV could explode.
A man walked past the motorhome with his dog and heard the warning from the vehicle.
Quick-thinking police officers quickly told him to come back just before the bomb went off. He told WKRN that it is a "Christmas miracle" that he is still alive.
A man walked past the motorhome with his dog and heard the warning from the vehicle. He can be seen in a downtown lobby shortly before the explosion
Quick-thinking police officers quickly told him to come back just before the bomb went off. He told WKRN that it is a "Christmas miracle" that he is still alive.
This was the scene immediately after the Friday morning explosion in downtown Nashville
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 will begin on Friday, December 25th at 4:30 pm and will be lifted on Sunday, December 27th at 4:30 pm," he revealed in a tweet.
The explosion blew up windows in at least 41 buildings, according to CNN. A building has now partially collapsed.
The RV was parked in front of an AT&T facility. The explosion caused network outages in the company's telephone and Internet services.
This issue raised security concerns as 911 dispatchers reportedly struggled to locate callers.
USA Today reported on Saturday that failure problems persisted into the evening. It is now believed that they have all been resolved.
The area is cordoned off until Saturday morning and there is a heavy police presence in the area
Nashville Mayor John Cooper says it will be "some time" before 2nd Avenue and the surrounding downtown area open as normal
In the meantime, more information will be obtained about the Hero Police officers who tried to evacuate the area after they arrived to find that the RV is playing a tape that says it was going to explode.
They were named by Metro Police Chief John Drake as Officer Brenna Hosey, Officer James Luellen, Officer Michael Sipos, Officer Amanda Topping, Officer James Wells, and Sergeant Timothy Miller when he praised them for being in danger to to save others.
Officials had responded to reports of gunfire fired 40 minutes before the explosion when they found a motor home outside an AT&T broadcast building playing an announcement with a woman's voice saying it would explode in 15 minutes .
There was no evidence of recordings at the crime scene and it is not known that the noises could have come from the recording of the RV. The police did not reveal who made the first shooting report.
They rushed to get people out of their homes while the threatening, recorded message played over and over with music between countdowns before the van finally exploded around 6:40 a.m.
“Those officers didn't look after themselves,” said Chief Drake. & # 39; You haven't thought about it. They took care of the citizens of Nashville. They went in and we wouldn't be talking about the debris we have here, but about potential people. & # 39;
Despite the devastation of the explosion, only three people were miraculously injured.
You were taken to hospital in non-life threatening conditions.
This is what's left of Second Avenue in downtown Nashville after the Friday morning explosion. The police have not yet identified a suspect
An aerial view of the scene in downtown Nashville on Friday morning after an "intentional" explosion came from a parked car
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 night.
"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.
On Friday night, CNBC star The Profit Marcus Lemonis offered a $ 250,000 reward for information leading to the perpetrator's arrest and conviction.
Following previous smaller award offers from Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp., Clay Travis, presenter of FOX Sports, and Lewis Country Store, the award totaled $ 300,000.
Rescue workers work near an explosion site in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, Friday, December 25, 2020
A law enforcement officer walks past damage from an explosion in downtown Nashville, Tennessee on Friday, December 25, 2020
A vehicle burns near an explosion site in the Second and Commerce area of Nashville, Tennessee, USA, on December 25, 2020. It is unclear whether or not this was the vehicle that caused the explosion
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