More than a year before Anthony Warner detonated a bomb in downtown Nashville on Christmas Day, officers visited his home after his girlfriend told police he was making bombs in an RV trailer at his residence, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. But they couldn’t make contact with him, or see inside his RV.
Officers were called to Pamela Perry’s Nashville home on August 21, 2019, after receiving a report from her lawyer that she was making suicidal threats while sitting on her porch with guns, said Tuesday. the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department in an emailed statement.
A police report says Raymond Throckmorton, Perry’s attorney, told police that day that he was also representing Warner.
When officers arrived at Perry’s home, police said she had two unloaded pistols sitting next to her on the porch. She told them that the guns belonged to “Tony Warner,” police said, and that she did not want them in the house anymore. Perry, then 62, was then rushed for a psychological assessment after speaking to mental health professionals on the phone.
Throckmorton told the Tennessean that Perry had fears for his safety and believed Warner might harm him. The attorney was also at the scene that day, and told Warner officers “frequently talks about the military and bombing,” according to the police report.
Warner “knows what he’s doing and is capable of making a bomb,” Throckmorton told police officers who responded.
Police then proceeded to Warner’s home, located about 1.5 miles from Perry’s home, but he did not answer the door when they knocked repeatedly. They saw the recreational vehicle in the backyard, according to the report, but the yard was fenced in and officers could not see the interior of the vehicle.
The report states that there were also “several security cameras and wires attached to an alarm panel on the front door” of the house. The officers then notified the supervisors and detectives.
“They saw no evidence of a crime and had no authority to enter his house or any fenced property,” the police statement said.
After officers attended Warner’s home last August, the police department’s Hazardous Devices unit received a copy of the police report. During the week of August 26, 2019, they contacted Throckmorton. Police said officers recalled Throckmorton saying Warner “didn’t care about the police” and would not allow Warner “to allow a visual inspection of the camper van”.
Throckmorton denies telling the police that they could not search the vehicle. “I have no recollection of that,” he told the Tennessean. “I no longer represented him. He was not an active customer. I am not a criminal defense lawyer.
Throckmorton told the newspaper that he represented Warner in a civil case several years ago and that Warner was no longer his client as of August 2019. “Someone, somewhere, dropped the ball,” a- he declared.
A day after officers attended Warner’s home, the police report and credentials on Warner were sent to the FBI to check their databases and determine if Warner had any previous military connections, the police said. police.
Later that day, the police department said that “the FBI has reported checking their holdings and found no records on Warner.” FBI spokesperson Darrell DeBusk told Tennessean the agency performed a standard agency-to-agency records check.
Six days later, “the FBI reported that the Department of Defense checks on Warner were all negative,” the police department said.
No other information about Warner came to the department or to the attention of the FBI after August 2019, police said. “At no time was there any evidence of a crime detected and no further action was taken,” the statement said. “The ATF also had no information on him.
Warner’s only arrest was on a marijuana-related charge in 1978.
The bombing happened on Christmas morning, long before the streets of downtown were busy. Police were responding to a report of gunfire on Friday when they encountered the recreational vehicle shouting a recorded warning that a bomb would explode in 15 minutes. Then, for reasons that may never be known, the audio switched to a recording of Petula Clark’s 1964 hit, Downtown, shortly before the explosion. Dozens of buildings were damaged and several people were injured.
Investigators did not uncover the motive for the Christmas Day bombing, nor was it revealed why Warner chose the particular location, which damaged an AT&T building and caused serious damage. havoc on cellphone, police and hospital communications in several southern states as the company struggled to restore service. The company said on Monday that the majority of services had been restored for residents and businesses.