Sixteen months seems like a fair warning, but notice that Nashville bomber Anthony Warner was constructing an explosive in the RV parked in his yard did not prevent his Christmas calamity.
The Tennessean reported Tuesday that Warner’s girlfriend told Nashville police on Aug. 21, 2019, that Warner was building a bomb in his RV and “frequently talks about the military and bomb-making.” The report said she feared for her safety and was experiencing a mental health issue.
After the tip was shared with the FBI, authorities went to his home, spotted the RV in his yard and did not get a response to several knocks. Wires were attached to an alarm sign on the front door.
“They saw no evidence of a crime and had no authority to enter his home or fenced property,” Metro Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron told The Tennessean.
The FBI and Department of Defense informed police there were no records on Warner.
Aaron told The Tennessean that Raymond Throckmorton III, the woman’s attorney, would not allow Warner to give consent to an RV search. He said he represented Warner on a past civil case but did not represent Warner at the time of the queries.
“Somebody somewhere dropped the ball,” Throckmorton told The Tennessean.
Following the bombing last week, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said that Warner was not on its radar.
The Christmas morning bombing damaged 41 downtown Nashville buildings, taking out a city block and injuring three people. Warner, 63, was found dead inside the RV after he had signed his house deed over to a 29-year-old Californian.
There might be one footprint: ABC News reported that Warner hunted alien life in a nearby state park and believed in lizard creatures that shape-shift into human form for world domination.