Possible Conspiracy Theory Link Emerges in Nashville

Acquaintance of suspect Anthony Warner says FBI asked whether he was paranoid about 5G
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2020 1:10 PM CST
Nashville Suspect: 'He Always Seemed Like an Oddball'
Nashville officer Brenna Hosey speaks at a news conference Sunday. Hosey is one of six officers credited with evacuating people before an explosion took place early Christmas morning.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

The evidence is pointing more and more toward a suicide bomber in Nashville. On Sunday morning, police identified the suspected bomber as 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner, reports the Tennessean. Federal agents swarmed his home on Saturday in the Nashville suburb of Antioch. A motive remains unclear, though FBI agents have reportedly been asking whether Warner was paranoid about 5G technology. Details:

  • About Warner: He's a longtime Nashville resident who held various jobs in the tech field, per the Tennessean. He had lots of experience with electronics and alarm systems in particular. Few other personal details had emerged, though public records list him as unmarried, reports Forbes.
  • One theory: FBI agents appear to be investigating whether Warner embraced conspiracy theories about 5G technology, reports WSMV. Warner did IT work for a real estate agent, and the agent says FBI investigators asked him whether Warner voiced paranoia about the technology. He hadn't done so, says Steve Fridich. The station notes that a fringe theory suggests the technology is used to spy on Americans. The blast occurred outside an AT&T facility, but authorities have not expressly linked that fact to the bombing. The blast has disrupted communications in several states, notes the AP.

  • A song: As has been well documented, the RV emitted loud warnings that gave people time to evacuate before it exploded. Less well-known is that the RV also played a song, "Downtown," by Petula Clark, reports WKRN. “What I remembered was ‘downtown, where the lights shine bright,’” officer Tyler Luellen said of the song on Sunday. He and fellow officers evacuated residents before the blast went off.
  • Property: Last month, Warner transferred ownership of his Antioch residence to woman in Los Angeles for $0, reports ABC News. After that report came out, the Daily Mail reported that he had transferred another property to the same woman, 29-year-old Michelle Swing, last year. Together, they were worth about $400,000. Swing tells the Daily Mail she had no idea Warner made the most recent transfer. Her connection to Warner was unclear, and she directed questions to the FBI. It's "all very weird to me, that's about all I can say," she says.
  • Neighbor: "He always seemed like an oddball," the man who lived in the adjoining residence of Warner's duplex home tells the Washington Post. He said Warner kept to himself and plastered "no trespassing" signs around, including by his RV. Authorities suspect it was that vehicle, packed with explosives, that blew up on Christmas morning.
(Read more Nashville bombing stories.)

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