Nashville Bomber’s Girlfriend Warned Police About Him In 2019 : NPR


A screengrab of surveillance footage exhibits the leisure car used within the Christmas day bombing in Nashville, Tennessee. The girlfriend of the person who carried out the assault says she warned police in August of final 12 months that he was making bombs in his RV.

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A screengrab of surveillance footage exhibits the leisure car used within the Christmas day bombing in Nashville, Tennessee. The girlfriend of the person who carried out the assault says she warned police in August of final 12 months that he was making bombs in his RV.

Handout/Metro Nashville Police Division

Greater than a 12 months earlier than the explosion that rocked Nashville final week, Anthony Warner’s girlfriend advised police that he “was constructing bombs within the RV trailer at his residence,” in keeping with a police report filed in August 2019.

But the report signifies Nashville police no means made contact with Warner. Regardless of having the report of their database, police didn’t share it with the general public till Tuesday night — 4 days after Warner drove his RV to downtown Nashville and detonated a bomb out of the car, killing himself and injuring a minimum of seven folks.

Whether or not regulation enforcement had any warning concerning the bomb beforehand has been an open query because the explosion.

On Sunday, the pinnacle of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation advised reporters that Warner was not on the radar earlier than the bombing, and on the night of the blast, Nashville Police Chief John Drake stated no prior risk had been made towards town.

Nonetheless, the 2019 police report, first obtained The Tennessean and NewsChannel 5, exhibits that officers responded in 2019 to a name on the house of Warner’s girlfriend, who advised them that he was constructing bombs. The lady’s lawyer, Raymond Throckmorton, was additionally current and advised police that Warner “steadily talks concerning the army and bomb making,” in keeping with the report. “[Throckmorton] acknowledged he believes that the suspect is aware of what he’s doing and is able to making a bomb.”

When police knocked on Warner’s door, they obtained no reply, in keeping with the report. They noticed an RV within the yard and “a number of safety cameras with wires hooked up to an alarm signal on the entrance door.”

The police division’s bomb squad additionally known as Throckmorton, who additionally recognized himself as Warner’s lawyer, a police spokesperson stated. “The recollection of that decision is that Warner didn’t look after the police, and that Throckmorton wouldn’t enable his consumer to allow a visible inspection of the RV.”

Police didn’t take further motion.

However Throckmorton remembers the follow-up dialog with police in a different way. He tells NewsChannel 5 he was not representing Warner on the time.

“I definitely would no means have advised them to not test it out once I’m the one who stated go the hell over there and discover out what is going on on,” he advised the station.

In an e-mail to member station WPLN, a police spokesperson says the report was despatched to the division’s bomb squad and the FBI. The FBI checked its databases “and located no information on Warner in any respect … the FBI reported that Division of Protection checks on Warner have been all detrimental.”

WPLN Information has reached out to the FBI for remark.



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