A new report claims that Nashville law enforcement officers went to the home of suicide bomber Anthony Warner back in the summer of 2019, responding to a claim his girlfriend made that he was making bombs in his RV.
As it turns out, that’s exactly what he was doing. These same bombs were used to destroy a block of the city’s downtown area on Christmas Day, causing disruptions to cellphone and 911 services for several days.
This new report seemingly contradicts claims made by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations which stated that Warner was “not on their radar” before the bombing.
Yeah. That’s not a good look, fellas.
Officers were called to home of Warner’s girlfriend on Aug. 21, just a mile and a half away from Warner’s home on Bakertown Lane, according to the Tennessean. They found her outside her home with two unloaded guns where she told officials that Warner “was building bombs in the RV trailer at his residence,” according to an Metropolitan Nashville Police Department report.
MNPD spokesman Don Aaron told the outlet that the girlfriend “related that the guns belonged to a ‘Tony Warner’ and that she did not want them in the house any longer.”
The girlfriend’s lawyer, Raymond Throckmorton III, said at the time that Warner “frequently talks about the military and bomb making,” telling authorities that Warner “knows what he is doing and is capable of making a bomb.”
Police went to Warner’s home after speaking with the girlfriend but were unable to contact him. Officers saw the vehicle, but it was fenced off, and police were unable to see inside the vehicle for any signs of bombs or bomb-making materials.
“They saw no evidence of a crime and had no authority to enter his home or fenced property,” Aaron stated.
The officers then left the house and wrote up a report. They notified the department’s hazardous devices unit. The FBI was then notified about the report, but went on to tell local authorities that they “checked their holdings and found no records on Warner at all.”
The FBI spoke with the Tennessean, stating that Throckmorton wouldn’t let police officers go interview Warner or gain access to his property because he “did not care for the police.”
“At no time was there any evidence of a crime detected and no additional action was taken,” Aaron added. “No additional information about Warner came to the department’s or the FBI’s attention after August 2019.”
Talk about dropping the ball. This whole situation could have been avoided had folks did their duty and followed up on this guy. He’d still be alive today, hopefully receiving much needed mental help.