According to police reports, more than a year before a man detonated a bomb in Nashville, Tennessee on Christmas Day, his girlfriend warned the police that he was building a bomb with a recreational vehicle parked in his home.
According to an incident report issued by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, on August 21, 2019, the lawyer of Anthony Warner, the girlfriend of the suspect in the bombing, told the military officer that Warner “frequently talks about the military and bomb manufacturing.”
According to the report, the lawyer’s call prompted officials to visit Warner̵
Officials said they found a motorhome behind the fence in the backyard, but said they could not see inside the car. Authorities determined that the RV linked to Warner was the source of the Christmas explosion.
Police said on Wednesday that officers had found no signs of crime and had no right to enter the property or the fenced backyard. They also determined that their girlfriend needed a “psychological evaluation” and sent her to the hospital according to the police.
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The day after the officers visited Warner’s former residence, the police forwarded the incident report to the FBI, saying they asked the agency and the Department of Defense to conduct a record search on Warner. The police said that searches of both databases found no results.
The Nashville Metropolitan Police Department did not say that they asked the FBI to investigate Warner, but said that their hazardous equipment department followed up the incident report with their lawyers. According to the police, the lawyer told the department that Warner “didn’t take care of the police” and he was not allowed to visually inspect the RV.
David Rausch, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, told reporters this week that Warner had not received the attention of the agency before the bombing-except for his arrest in 1978 for marijuana hiding.
A spokesperson for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation told NBC News on Wednesday that they had not previously been aware of the incident involving the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department and Warner Girlfriend.
The spokesperson said in a statement: “Be clear that our director’s remarks about him “not on our radar” are directed at our agency and not at all law enforcement agencies.”
The FBI stated that unlike other cases, such as with the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev or Orlando Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, the FBI stated that they were only required to conduct database searches on Warner without investigation.
The Nashville Metropolitan Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
According to a NBC News report on Monday, the 63-year-old Warner was called a “lone man” by people who knew him. He recently retired as an information technology consultant.
When police officers responded to reports of the shooting in the area on Christmas morning, instead, they heard a warning that the RV parked outside the AT&T building caused an explosion. Authorities said that the explosion was triggered by Warner, and the authorities launched it at 6:30 am last Friday, rippling several blocks in downtown Nashville.
The explosion injured at least three people and damaged more than 40 nearby businesses. Warner was the only person killed in the explosion.