The girlfriend of the Nashville Christmas Day bomber told police in 2019 that he was building a bomb in his RV, and yet officers never looked inside.
Pamela Perry’s lawyer Raymond Throckmorton called Nashville police on August 21, 2019.
When they arrived Perry told officers that Anthony Warner was wiring up explosives inside the RV he kept parked in his home, half a mile from her own.
Yet officers failed to search the RV which was used to devastating effect 16 months later, in an elaborate suicide staged by Warner.
Christmas bomber Anthony Quinn Warner’s girlfriend told police he was making a bomb
The explosion took place before downtown streets were bustling with activity and was accompanied by a recorded announcement from the RV (pictured) warning anyone nearby that a bomb would soon detonate
Warner, 63, was named by the FBI on Sunday as perpetrator of the Christmas Day bombing outside an AT&T building, after DNA showed he perished in the attack carried out with an RV
Nashville police claim that Throckmorton blocked them from seeing inside the RV: Throckmorton told local media that he had no recollection of the incident.
‘Somebody, somewhere dropped the ball,’ Throckmorton told The Tennessean.
On Friday, Warner, 63, blew up a city block shortly before dawn outside an AT&T store.
The bomb caused massive destruction to 41 downtown buildings and crippled telecommunication systems throughout the region over the weekend. The RV blared out a warning before it exploded, and police were rapidly clearing the area when it detonated, killing Warner but no one else.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Warner was ‘not on our radar’ prior to the bombing.
The incident in 2019 began when Throckmorton reported that Perry had called him, and was making threats of suicide.
When they arrived, according to a police report obtained by WKRN-TV, she was sitting on the porch of her home with two unloaded pistols owned by her boyfriend.
She said she did not want them in her home any more.
She also told them that Warner was building bombs in the RV at his home.
Warner appeared to target the AT&T transmission building in Nashville (above). His father worked at BellSouth, later acquired by AT&T, before his death in 2006 of dementia
Police connected Perry by phone to mental health professionals from the Mobile Crisis services, and she was voluntarily taken by an ambulance for a psychological evaluation.
Officers then spoke to Throckmorton, who had once represented Warner in a civil matter, but no longer considered himself Warner’s attorney.
Raymond Throckmorton called police in August 2019 to the home of Pamela Perry
Throckmorton told police Warner ‘frequently talked about the military and bomb making’, and said he believed Warner was capable of making a bomb.
Police went to Warner’s house on Bakertown Road in Nashville, but no one answered the door.
The police involved noticed the RV in the back yard, and several security cameras, and called their supervisors.
Police noted that there were ‘several security cameras and wires attached to a alarm sign on the front door.’
A report was sent to the Hazardous Devices Unit, and was flagged for further inspection.
The following day, the incident report was sent to the FBI to check whether Warner had any prior military connections. The FBI told Nashville police that no military records were found.
Several days later, according to police, the Hazardous Devices Unit contacted Throckmorton who would not allow Warner, his client, to allow police to search the RV.
The RV used in the bombing was normally parked in this fenced-off area next to Warner’s duplex in Antioch, a Nashville suburb
The home was festooned with security cameras and ‘no trespassing’ signs, particularly in the area where Warner kept the RV parked
Nashville police said there was no evidence of a crime detected and no additional action was taken.
Warner had a limited criminal past in Tennessee, which consists of a single drug charge from 1978.
Throckmorton told The Tennessean that he urged police at the time to look into Perry’s claim.
He said she feared for her safety, believing Warner may harm her.
‘They saw no evidence of a crime and had no authority to enter his home or fenced property,’ said Don Aaron, spokesman for the Nashville police.
Aaron on Tuesday night said officers recalled Throckmorton saying Warner ‘did not care for the police,’ and that Throckmorton would not allow Warner to give consent to officers to conduct a visual inspection of the RV.
‘I have no memory of that whatsoever,’ Throckmorton told the paper.
‘I didn’t represent him anymore. He wasn’t an active client. I’m not a criminal defense attorney.’
Police are still investigating Warner’s background, and remain puzzled as to his motive.
On Monday the FBI in Memphis released this new photo of Warner showing him leaning out of what appears to be his white RV
Warner left behind clues that suggest he planned the bombing and intended to kill himself.
‘We hope to get an answer. Sometimes, it’s just not possible,’ David Rausch, the director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said Monday in an interview on the Today show.
‘The best way to find motive is to talk to the individual. We will not be able to do that in this case.’
However, Rausch said that Warner’s plan seemed more intent on destruction rather than harm as a warning countdown blared on speakers 15 minutes before the blast, allowing police to evacuate people living in the area.
‘It does appear that the intent was more destruction than death,’ he said.
A Sunday report from the New York Times details preparations Warner made in the weeks prior to his suicide attack, including telling his ex-girlfriend that he had cancer and giving her his car.
However, it is unclear whether he indeed had cancer.
On December 5, he also told a real estate agent that he worked for as a tech consultant that he planned to retire, according to the newspaper.
A month before the bombing, Warner gave away the $160,000 home he lived in to a a 29-year-old, Los Angeles-based woman named Michelle Swing, whose ties to him are unclear, DailyMail.com first reported Saturday.
A property record dated November 25 indicates Warner transferred the home to Swing in exchange for no money after living there for decades. Her signature is not on that document.
The freelance IT consultant, whom neighbors described as an ‘oddball’, was ‘heavily into conspiracy theories’, a source close to the investigation told DailyMail.com.
Warner reportedly believed 5G cellular technology was killing people, and may have been spurred on in the conspiracy theory by the 2011 death of his father, who worked for telecom BellSouth, which later merged with AT&T.