Nashville man Anthony Quinn Warner is the person of interest investigators have linked with the Christmas day explosion in downtown Nashville, police chief John Drake confirmed Sunday.
Warner, 63, is a longtime Nashvillian who held several IT jobs throughout his life. Federal authorities are scouring the city for evidence on Warner.
Public records show he had extensive experience with electronics and alarm systems. He recently worked as an independent computer technician with the real estate firm Fridrich & Clark.
Federal agents searched his Antioch home and the Fridrich & Clark real estate office in Nashville Saturday. Google Street View images of Warner’s home show a white RV parked behind a wooden fence on the property.
A similar RV was at the center of the Friday morning blast on Second Avenue in downtown Nashville. His neighbors reported seeing the RV in the area in recent weeks. Authorities said the explosion came from the RV soon after a speaker system broadcast an urgent warning to evacuate the area.
Police in the area moments before the blast said the speakers also played the wistful 1963 song “Downtown” by Petula Clark. The lyric, about going to the city to seek refuge from sadness, echoed down Second Avenue just before the blast: “The lights are much brighter there.”
State business records show Anthony Warner registered the company Custom Alarms & Electronics, which specialized in producing burglar alarms. The company had an alarm license from November 1993 through November 1998.
Court records show Warner was enmeshed in a family dispute when he transferred ownership of a second family home on Bakertown Road to himself about one month before his brother died in 2018.
His mother filed a petition in February 2019 asking a judge to overturn the real estate transfer, arguing that Warner, who was his brother’s power of attorney, acted in self-interest with the property transfer since it resulted in personal financial gain.
The case was dismissed in October 2019 at the mother’s request. The mother’s attorney in the matter, Yancy Belcher, said the family had asked her not to speak to the media.
Last month, court records show a quitclaim deed transfer of Warner’s Bakertown Road residence from Warner to an individual with a Los Angeles address on Nov. 25 for $0.
The Warner family has been in Nashville for decades — at least since 1961, according to newspaper archives. Anthony Warner, who went by the name Tony, was pictured in the Antioch High School during his sophomore and junior years in 1973 and 1974.