The FBI is searching the home of Anthony Quinn Warner, who is considered a suspect in connection with the Nashville bombing on Christmas morning.
Two senior law enforcement officials who have seen the investigation reports confirmed to Newsweek on Saturday that federal investigators were searching the residence of Warner, a suspect involved in the Friday explosion in downtown Nashville. The officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the case on the record. No motive for the bombing, which injured three people, has been identified as yet.
The search reportedly commenced just before 11 a.m. local time at a home on Bakerton Road in Antioch, a Nashville neighborhood, according to The Tennessean.
Neighbors told the outlet that an RV resembling the vehicle involved in the explosion was seen outside the location over the past two weeks. A Google street view search showed a similar vehicle in the driveway; however, it was not present at the location on Saturday when authorities arrived. The street view picture was taken in May 2019, according to Google.
Warner has been identified by several outlets as a white male Nashville-area resident.
A LexisNexis report, obtained by Newsweek, shows Warner’s address as 3724 Bakerton Road, Nashville, the same location authorities began searching on Saturday. Warner was born in January 1957 and is 63 years old, according to the report.
Allpeople.com, a free online directory of business contacts, has Warner linked to Custom Alarms Electronics, a business located at 3724 Bakerton Road.
According to Allbiz.com, Custom Alarms Electronics was founded in 2000 and engages in the “electrical installation” industry. One employee is listed on the website, and annual sales for the business is estimated to be around $70,000 USD.
However, the company name does not turn up results in corporate record searches.
A search for Anthony Warner in historic Davidson County criminal records show that a male born on January 17, 1957, was arrested on January 29, 1978, and charged with a felony offense linked to possession of a controlled substance. The birthdate matches the LexisNexis report; Newsweek could not confirm the man in the records as the suspect.
The two senior law enforcement officials told Newsweek on Saturday that federal investigators were locating Warner’s mother for a DNA test. The incident would likely have been a suicide bombing if the DNA of the suspect’s mother is determined to be linked to remains found in the RV, one of the law enforcement officials said.
Metro Nashville Police Department Chief John Drake confirmed that possible human remains were found near the scene of the incident on Friday evening.
Authorities declined to comment on their activity at Antioch and any possible suspects or persons of interest during an afternoon press conference on Saturday. The FBI said that authorities are still working through more than 500 tips received that were received over the past 24 hours tied to the Friday explosion and urged the public to be patient.
On Saturday afternoon, the Associated Press reported that at least 250 federal agents, analysts and other staff have been assigned to the case.
Drake assured residents that the city is “safe.”
John Cooper, the city’s mayor, has placed a curfew in the downtown area surrounding the blast until Sunday, to limit public access to the crime scene as the investigation in the area continues.