DNA tests confirm RV bomber, Anthony Warner, was killed in Christmas Day blast in Nashville, Feds say
The Nashville RV bomber died in Chritmas Day blast, Feds said
Anthony Quinn Warner was RV bomber, killed in Christmas Day blast in Nashville
Federal officials say DNA test confirms identity of Nashville Christmas bomber
Suspect Anthony Warner, a 63-year-old information-technology contractor, was known to be paranoid that the 5G networks were being used to spy on Americans
Agents on Saturday morning raided Warner’s home in Antioch, where he reportedly kept an RV
That RV looked identical to the one that exploded downtown Nashville on Christmas morning
The Tennessee “IT geek” behind the Christmas Day bomb blast in Nashville was a chronic loner who built a fence around his home to keep others out, according to a report.
Authorities said DNA samples confirmed that bombing suspect, Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, died in Friday’s blast.
The early Christmas morning blast in Nashville caused service outages across the region, including to police departments, emergency services and Nashville International Airport, which temporarily halted flights Christmas Day.
It also disrupted services in several neighboring states, including Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama and Georgia.
Federal agents have been looking into whether Warner, who police confirmed to the Tennessean is the “person of interest” in the case, was driven by his fears of the powerful 5G networks.
Agents on Saturday morning raided Warner’s home in Antioch, where he reportedly kept an RV that looked identical to the one that exploded downtown Nashville on Christmas morning.
Suspect Anthony Warner, an information-technology contractor, was known to be paranoid that the 5G networks were being used to spy on Americans.
Other conspiracies have tried to link 5G networks to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was moreso with Warner, who had increasingly closed himself off prior to the bombing, neighbors revealed.
Just weeks ago, Warner built a gate in the fence, pulled his RV into the driveway, and shut the gate, neighbors said.
It was the same vehicle authorities said Warner packed with explosives and denoted in the city on Friday, killing himself and injuring three.
“You never saw anyone come and go,” neighbor Steve Schmoldt told the Tennessean. “Never saw him go anywhere. As far as we knew, he was kind of a computer geek that worked from home.”
He described his longtime neighbor as “a little odd.”
Schmoldt said neighbors didn’t even notice when the RV disappeared from Warner’s driveway.
“To be honest, we didn’t really pay any attention… it was gone until the FBI and ATF showed up,” he said.
The 6:30 a.m. blast outside a Nashville AT&T facility damaged 41 buildings and caused a massive disruption to communications systems that even blacked out 911 centers in surrounding counties, the Tennessean said.
Warner grew up in Antioch outside of Nashville, and graduated from Antioch High School in the mid-1970s, and began working IT jobs in the area, the report said.
He had one run-in with the law in 1978, when he was charged with felony drug possession and was sentenced to two years of probation.
High school golf coach Charlie Bozman, for whom Warner played, recalled him as a quiet and unassuming student.
“What I can remember about him was essentially three things: quiet, polite, and — I don’t like to use the term — but quite frankly nerdish,” Bozman said.
But in recent weeks Warner seemed to be settling accounts.
Property records show that Warner transferred ownership of his longtime home to a California woman the day before Thanksgiving.
The tech expert is believed by authorities to have previously had a relationship with Swing’s mother, according to the report.
Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, laid out his plans in a cryptic November letter to Michelle Swing, to whom Warner recently signed over ownership of two homes without any documented exchange of money.
Warner, who had been working as an IT consultant for a local realty firm, emailed the company’s co-owner earlier this month.
“In December he sent us an email saying he’d no longer be working for us,” said Steve Fridrich of Fridrich & Clark Realty, for whom Warner had worked for nearly five years. He never gave a reason.
Police are now questioning acquaintances about reports that Warner feared 5G technology, but have yet to ascribe a motive to the bombing.
At&T said Sunday that it had made “significant progress” restoring much of the downed service, which was largely caused by flooding from emergency sprinklers.
“In addition, there is other significant damage to the building from the blast, including to the elevators, some beams/columns, and the building’s façade,” the company said in a statement.
The mayor said his city was still reeling from the attack, especially given the festive timing.
“It’s so shocking that on Christmas morning, this time of greatest hope, you have a bombing, a deliberate bombing. How can this be?” he said on “Face the Nation.”
“And the public, I know, is anxious to try to understand it better,” he said.
Gov. Bill Lee posting on Twitter, on Saturday issued an emergency declaration seeking federal aid for businesses impacted by the blast
A curfew remained in place until Sunday, although downtown remained restricted.
On Sunday also, the driver of a box truck playing “audio similar” to what came from the RV days earlier was detained in Tennessee, according to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.
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