The FBI and the Nashville Police claimed to have no knowledge of the city’s Christmas bomber. But documents have emerged showing that the bomber’s girlfriend alerted authorities last year.
News has emerged that Anthony Warner’s girlfriend had warned the Nashville Police that the man was a troubled man a year before he drove his bomb-laden RV into downtown Nashville.
The Tennessean newspaper obtained the 2019 report through a freedom of information act request.
BREAKING: we just received this report from @MNPDNashville showing Anthony Warner’s girlfriend reported he was making bombs in an RV one year ago. The FBI said earlier this week Warner was not on law enforcement’s radar prior to this incident. #nashvillebombing @WSMV pic.twitter.com/fYga92BIzP
— Brittany Weiner (@brittweinerTV) December 30, 2020
“Asked why police or the FBI didn’t alert the public once they realized there was a 2019 report on Warner, Drake said his agency wanted to review and gather more information to better understand what happened in 2019. That review is ongoing, Drake said,” according to USA Today.
In fact, the police were called to Warner’s home several times. The department claimed that since the FBI didn’t have Warner on their watch list, the police eventually just dropped their investigation into him.
The FBI has also claimed that Warner was not on anyone’s radar before his crime on Christmas Day. But the Nashville police did contact the FBI over the man and yet, the FBI seems never to have flagged him.
Nashville Police Chief John Drake defended the department’s laxity by noting that they couldn’t find any actual crimes.
“It would have taken signs that a crime was actually being committed, that a bomb was actually being made,” Drake said Wednesday, adding that an application for a warrant “would have been denied” by a judge.
The Dept. did note that the Metro Police did alert the FBI about Warner and nothing was done on their end, either.
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