A Tennessee highway was closed amid reports of a truck with PA system telling people to evacuate the area on Sunday.
The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office tweeted: ‘Highway 231 South from the Cedars of Lebanon State Park to Richmond Shop road is currently shut down due to a suspicious vehicle.’
It comes just two days after the Nashville bombing in which a recreational vehicle blew up on a mostly deserted street and was prefaced by a recorded warning advising those nearby to evacuate.
Police on Sunday confirmed that Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, is a person of interest in the Christmas explosion. Warner is believed to have died when an RV blew up outside Nashville’s AT&T building, leaving three injured.
He had experience with electronics and alarms, according to public records, and had worked as a computer consultant for a Nashville realtor.
The five responding officers gave their accounts of what happened Friday as investigators continued to chip away at the motive of the RV bombing on a mostly deserted street just after it issued the recorded warning advising people to evacuate.
A Tennessee highway was on Sunday closed amid reports of a truck with PA system telling people to evacuate the area. Footage from the scene shows a white truck on an empty road surrounded by police cars
A police robot is pictured inspecting the truck Sunday after police said it ‘played audio similar to what was heard before the Christmas Day explosion in Nashville’
What we know about the Christmas bombing
- Cops responded to reports of shots fired in downtown Nashville at about 6am Friday and encountered an RV broadcasting a warning that a bomb will go off in 15 minutes
- Explosion erupted outside the AT&T building at about 6.40am, injuring three people, damaging dozens of structures and sparking widespread WiFi and cell phone outages across Tennessee and Kentucky
- Police identified Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, as a person of interest after FBI agents were seen swarming a home linked to him in Antioch
- The FBI is believed to be investigating claims that Warner was paranoid about 5G being used to spy on Americans, which could explain why the blast went off outside the AT&T building
Footage from the scene Sunday shows a white truck on an empty road surrounded by police cars.
The truck had told people to evacuate via a PA system, WSMV reports. The driver has since been detained.
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement the truck had been ‘playing audio similar to what was heard before the Christmas Day explosion in Nashville.’
They said the truck had been parked outside a convenience store in Rutherford making the announcement before making its way to Wilson County.
Police were called at 10:30am local time and then located the vehicle.
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement: ‘Sheriff’s deputies in Rutherford and Wilson Counties are investigating a box truck parked at a convenience store playing audio similar to what was heard before the Christmas Day explosion in Nashville.
‘The driver traveled from Rutherford County into Wilson County where he was stopped by deputies and detained.
‘As a precaution, nearby residents were evacuated during the active investigation.
‘Rutherford County dispatchers received a call about 10:30 a.m. about the white box truck parked at Crossroads Market in Walter Hill. Deputies located the truck and made the traffic stop.
‘Rutherford and Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are working together in the ongoing investigation.’
The Christmas Day attack in Nashville, which damaged an AT&T building, continued to wreak havoc on cellphone service and police and hospital communications in several Southern states.
Investigators shut down the heart of downtown Nashville’s tourist scene — an area packed with restaurants and shops — as they shuffled through broken glass and damaged buildings to learn more about the explosion.
Police said the truck had been parked outside a convenience store in Rutherford making the announcement before making its way to Wilson County. Police were called at 10:30am local time and then located the vehicle
Mayor John Cooper has enforced a curfew in the downtown area until Sunday via executive order to limit public access to the area. More than 40 buildings were affected.
According to Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake, police officers responded on Friday to a report of shots fired when they encountered the RV blaring a recorded warning that a bomb would detonate in 15 minutes.
Police evacuated nearby buildings and called in the bomb squad. The RV exploded shortly afterward.
On Sunday police described how the RV played an ominous warning about the impending explosion and the song ‘Downtown’ by Petula Clark in the minutes before the blast went off.
Speculation is growing that the AT&T building was intentionally targeted in the Nashville Christmas Day bombing as the FBI probes rumors that the main person of interest in the attack, identified by police as Anthony Quinn Warner, harbored deep paranoia about 5G technology. Pictured: Investigators dig through the wreckage on 2nd Avenue North
Speaking to CBS News’ Face the Nation on Sunday, Nashville Mayor John Cooper said he suspects that the AT&T building was targeted in the attack
The FBI is said to be investigating whether Warner may have been motivated by a paranoid belief that Americans are being spied on with 5G technology.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper on Sunday said he suspects that the AT&T transmission center was intentionally targeted in the attack.
One man whose business was destroyed in the blast told WZTV he’d spotted a similar RV parked in the area multiple times in the past few weeks, suggesting that Warner may have ‘staked out’ the site.
Several neighbors of Warner’s home on Bakertown Road in Antioch described him as an ‘oddball’ who posted ‘No Trespassing’ signs around the property and was often seen tinkering with a TV antenna on the house.
They also said he had an RV matching the one used in the attack parked on the property, as seen in Google street-view images from last year.
The FBI was said to have received two tips concerning 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 that the $160,000 home had been transferred for free to 29-year-old Michelle Swing on November 25 – but she claims she was unaware of the exchange.
A man whose business was destroyed in Friday’s explosion came forward on Sunday to suggest that Warner had been ‘staking out’ the area.
Peter Gibson, owner of Pride and Glory Tattoo, said he’s seen an RV parked outside his parlor several times in the past few weeks.
‘I can’t say if it was that one, but it was very similar,’ Gibson told WZTV.
‘Whoever it was, they’d been staking out and they’d been doing their laps and their routine, practicing for a couple of weeks, it seems.’
Friday’s blast emanated from a white RV parked outside the AT&T building on 2nd Avenue at 6.40 am. The explosion injured three people and caused severe damage to the city’s downtown area.
Cops had been called to the area around 6am following reports of shots fired.
They arrived to find no evidence of a shooting but instead encountered the RV, which was playing a recording of a woman’s voice warning that it would explode in 15 minutes.
Six responding officers who rushed to evacuate the area have been hailed as heroes for their quick efforts in the face of grave danger.
They are: Officers Brenna Hosey, James Luellen, Michael Sipos, Amanda Topping, James Wells and Sergeant Timothy Miller.
Five of the officers described their version of events at a press conference on Sunday morning, revealing that the RV played the song Downtown by Petula Clark before it detonated.
Luellen said he arrived at the scene first and scoped out the building where gunshots were reported, finding now evidence of gunfire.
Hosey arrived soon after, at which point both officers heard the recording coming from the vehicle.
‘There’s a large bomb within this vehicle, your primary objective is to evacuate,’ Luellen quoted a woman’s voice as saying.
‘I looked at Officer Hosey just to verify we heard the same thing, and then it started over,’ he said.
Emergency personnel work near the scene of an explosion in downtown Nashville on Friday
A law enforcement member walks past damage from an explosion in downtown Nashville
Luellen said he reported the audio to his supervisor, Sgt Miller, who ordered the deployment of all available units 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 shades were down on the vehicle, which didn’t have a tag.
Then came the explosion, which knocked Luellen to the ground and activated an airbag in another officer’s vehicle.
Officer Wells described hearing a ‘voice from God’ which told him to check on his partner Topping seconds before the blast went off, throwing him backward.
Topping said she sprinted to Wells and the pair ran for cover in a doorway.
‘I’ve never grabbed somebody so hard in my life,’ Topping said, her voice shaking with emotion.
Wells said that EMTs tried to take him to the hospital for examination, 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 loved ones to assure that they were okay before news of the explosion reached the media.
REVEALED: Nashville ‘bomber’, 63, told LA mother, 29, he planned to spend Christmas ‘in the woods with his dogs’ and warned her basement of home he gave her for free was ‘not normal’
Nashville bombing suspect Anthony Quinn Warner allegedly sent a letter to Michelle Swing (above) telling her that he had transferred ownership of his home in Antioch to her last month
A letter allegedly sent by the suspect in the Nashville Christmas Day bombing to a woman he transferred ownership of his house to has been revealed.
Police on Sunday confirmed that Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, is a person of interest in the investigation launched when an RV exploded outside Nashville’s AT&T building on Friday morning, leaving three people injured and dozens of structures damaged.
FBI agents were seen raiding Warner’s home in Antioch on Saturday as DailyMail.com exclusively revealed that he had given the property away for free to 29-year-old Michelle Swing of Los Angeles in a quitclaim deed dated November 25.
Swing told DailyMail.com that she was unaware that Warner, a self-employed IT contractor, had signed the $160,000 home over to her.
But a new report claims that Warner informed Swing of the transfer in a letter last month, writing: ‘The attic has plywood and lighting, take a look. The basement is not normal, take a look. Woof woof Julio.’
In the letter Warner also shared that he ‘intended to travel on Christmas Eve to spend a few weeks in the woods with his dogs’, according to The Sun.
The $160,000 house Warner gave to Swing for free in a quitclaim deed dated November 25 is shown above. On the left side is a white RV matching the one used in Friday’s bombing
FBI agents swarmed Warner’s Bakertown Road property on Saturday morning
Warner’s two properties are located just a 15 minute drive from where the bomb exploded
Speaking to DailyMail.com, Swing declined to disclose whether she had ever met Warner or if she had any family links to him, saying: ‘I’ve been told to direct everything else to FBI.’
The Sun reported that police believe Warner may have had a relationship with Swing’s mother.
The outlet said Swing told investigators that she last spoke to Warner a week before Thanksgiving and that she had never met him in person.
The RV used in the Christmas morning bombing is shown above hours before it exploded
Smoke rises around the AT&T transmission center in downtown Nashville moments after the explosion on Friday morning
Swing has claimed that she had no idea that the house had been transferred to her at no cost on November 25
Adding to the mystery over Warner was the revelation that he had transferred his Antioch home to Swing late last month via a quitclaim deed.
Swing, who lives in Los Angeles, insisted that she was unaware of the transfer and her signature does not appear on the deed dated November 25.
‘In the state of Tennessee you can deed property to someone else without their consent or their signature or anything,’ Swing explained to DailyMail.com on Saturday.
‘I didn’t even buy the house he just deeded it over to me without my knowledge.
‘This all very weird to me, that’s about all I can say.’
Records show Warner also transferred another home on Bakertown Road to Swing via a quitclaim deed in January 2019.
The $249,000 house had previously belonged to a member of his family and Warner had only been in possession of it for five months before again giving it to Swing for free. She later also used a quitclaim to give the house to another person.
The house was originally owned by Warner’s father Charles but was passed to Warner’s brother Steve after Charles’ death in 2011.
Steve died of cancer in September 2018, a month after Warner acquired the house.
Court records show Warner’s mother Chris tried to stop the transfer of the second home last year after accusing her son of acting in his own interest as Steve’s power-of-attorney before his death, according to the Tennessean. Chris later dropped the case against her son.
Swing’s signature does not appear on the November 25th transfer and she told DailyMail.com she knew absolutely nothing about it
According to records, in January 2019, Warner also transferred this $249,000 home to Swing
Swing’s address in the record for the transfer is listed as Lenoir City, Tennessee, a two-hour drive from Nashville.
In March 2019, she also used a quitclaim to give away the house to a person named Betty Lane, according to county records.
According to her LinkedIn profile, she studied Marketing and Business and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she remained working until 2012 when she moved to California.
Swing first lived in San Francisco before a move to Los Angeles in October 2018, where she works in artist development for Anschutz Entertainment Group.
What we know about Anthony Quinn Warner
Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, was named by local media as the person of interest in the Nashville Christmas Day bombing. Unmarried and childless, Warner is listed as a Nashville resident who lived in the suburb Antioch.
A property linked to him since the 1980s was raided on Bakertown Road, Antioch on Saturday afternoon. This house was transferred for free to 29-year-old Michelle Swing on November 25 but she claims she was unaware of the exchange.
Warner had also transferred a $249,000 house on the same road to Swing for free in January 2019.
That house previously belonged to Warner’s father Charles, who died in 2011. It was transferred to Warner’s brother Steve before being passed to Warner in October 2018, a month prior to Steve’s death.
Warner’s mother Chris is still alive and he has a sister Teresa.
The Daily Beast reported Warner was arrested in 1978 and convicted of an unspecified felony charge in 1980.
Neighbors described Warner as an ‘oddball’ who was seen tinkering with antenna on his roof and placed ‘No Trepassing’ signs around his house.
FBI agents are said to be investigating tips that Warner was paranoid about spying on Americans through 5G.
He used the Bakertown Road address as the location of his business, Custom Alarms Electronics, which specialized in burglar alarms. The license for the business expired in 1998.
Warner then became a self-employed IT worker and carried out subcontract work for a local real-estate agent who spoke to FBI agents on Saturday.