The Nashville Christmas Day bomber was a cop-hating hippie with a Magnum P.I. mustache who loved weed, according to a former colleague who claims he was ‘popular with the ladies too’.
Tom Lundborg, who worked with Anthony Quinn Warner back in the 1970s, has broken his silence over his close dealings with the suspected bomber to describe how the 20-something-year-old technician already harbored a hatred for the police more than four decades ago.
Warner, 63, was named by officials as the sole perpetrator of the Friday blast that left three people injured and reduced parts of downtown Nashville to rubble.
Police were called out to a report of shots fired at the scene when they encountered an RV blaring a recorded warning that a bomb would detonate in 15 minutes.
People were evacuated from the area before the RV exploded around 6.30 a.m. local time and authorities later discovered human remains belonging to Warner in the rubble.
Questions are still unanswered about the freelance IT consultant’s motive for the suspected suicide mission, with theories that he may have been spurred by his belief that 5G technology was killing people.
While authorities now believe Warner was more intent on ‘destruction than death’, his former colleague has claimed that Warner would tell him he ‘hated’ cops whenever he spotted a police officer.
The Nashville Christmas Day bomber was a cop-hating hippie with a Magnum P.I. mustache who loved weed, according to a former colleague. On Monday the FBI in Memphis released this new photo of Warner showing him leaning out of what appears to be his white RV
An ex-colleague has broken his silence over his close dealings with the suspected bomber to describe how the 20-something-year-old technician already harbored a hatred for the police more than four decades ago. Pictured the aftermath of the blast
Lundborg told the Daily Beast Warner would lecture him that all cops were ‘corrupt’ and couldn’t be trusted back when they both worked for A.C.E. Alarms, Lundborg’s dad’s burglar alarm company, in Antioch, Tennessee in the 1970s.
‘I hate cops. They’re all corrupt. Never trust a cop,’ Warner would say, said Lundborg.
Lundborg’s dad was injured in a car crash and so Lundborg and Warner – who he called Tony – took over the reins of the business and spent each day together installing alarms in commercial properties and homes – Warner as the technician and Lundborg as his ‘helper’.
Lundborg, who was a teenager at the time, said he ‘kind of looked up to [Warner]’ and described him as a ‘hippie’ and a ‘smart, cocky kind of guy’ who was a hit with women.
‘I worked with Tony as his helper. I kind of looked up to him. He was kind of a hippie. Had long hair, a Magnum P.I. mustache,’ he recalled.
‘He was a smart cocky kind of guy. I rode around with him all day every day – during the summers, at least for a couple years.’
He said Warner, who was unmarried and has no known children, had a girlfriend at the time and would often get female attention in local dive bars.
‘He was a little guy, the silent type, but nice-looking to girls,’ Lundborg said.
‘My dad would go to dive bars with him. He was popular with the females in there, you could just tell. He didn’t flirt a lot, but you could tell they liked him.’
Tom Lundborg, who worked with Anthony Quinn Warner (above) back in the 1970s, said the bomber harbored a hatred for the police more than four decades ago
Warner also loved smoking weed, listened to local rock station 103 KDF and would talk about recently leaving the Navy – something that has not yet been confirmed.
Lundborg said he stopped working with Warner when the technician ‘betrayed’ his parents by setting up a rival alarm company.
He said Warner took some clients with him but his business venture was shortlived because he ‘didn’t have the personality’ to deal with customers.
They last crossed paths in 2007 when Warner was working as an IT technician at a Chevrolet dealership.
Lundborg said he was ‘extremely shocked’ to learn his former colleague was behind the Christmas Day bombing.
‘You don’t expect anybody you had normal thoughts about to do something so abnormal. My memories of him are very distant, but still, those were the memories I had,’ he told the Daily Beast.
‘I assume he was mad about something. You’d think he was, to do what he did.’
Lundborg said he had spoken with the FBI about Warner as the authorities continue to investigative his motive and the events leading up to the blast.
Harrowing images taken on Monday show the aftermath of the Christmas Day explosion in downtown Nashville as investigators search for ‘any and all possible motives’ for the bombing
Authorities from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were seen processing the area where the explosion occurred
Warner appeared to target the AT&T transmission building in Nashville (above) in the Friday morning explosion
On Monday Rick Laude recalled how he had a small chat with his neighbor Warner in the days before Christmas where the bomber told him ‘the world is never going to forget me’.
He said he saw Warner standing at his mailbox and pulled over his car to talk.
Laude asked Warner how his elderly mother was doing and casually asked: ‘Is Santa going to bring you anything good for Christmas?’
Warner then cracked a smile and said: ‘Oh, yeah, Nashville and the world is never going to forget me.’
At first Laude didn’t think much of the remark saying: ‘Nothing about this guy raised any flags. He was just quiet.’
Warner left behind clues that suggest he planned the bombing and intended to kill himself.
‘We hope to get an answer. Sometimes, it’s just not possible,’ David Rausch, the director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said Monday in an interview on the Today show.
‘The best way to find motive is to talk to the individual. We will not be able to do that in this case.’
The RV pictured moments before it exploded. Authorities are trying to piece together a motive
Investigators released this image which shows the moment the RV exploded on Christmas Day
However, Rausch said that Warner’s plan seemed more intent on destruction rather than harm due to the warning that blared on speakers 15 minutes before the blast, allowing police to evacuate people living in the area.
‘It does appear that the intent was more destruction than death,’ he said.
A Sunday report from the New York Times details preparations Warner made in the weeks prior to his suicide attack, including telling his ex-girlfriend that he had cancer and giving her his car.
However, it is unclear whether he indeed had cancer.
On December 5, he also told a real estate agent that he worked for as a tech consultant that he planned to retire, according to the newspaper.
A month before the bombing, Warner gave away the $160,000 home he lived in to a a 29-year-old, Los Angeles-based woman named Michelle Swing, whose ties to him are unclear, DailyMail.com first reported Saturday.
A property record dated November 25 indicates Warner transferred the home to Swing in exchange for no money after living there for decades. Her signature is not on that document.
Investigators are now analyzing Warner’s belongings collected during the investigation, including a computer and a portable storage drive, and continue to interview witnesses as they try to identify a motive for the explosion, a law enforcement official said.
A review of his financial transactions also uncovered purchases of potential bomb-making components, the official said.
Warner’s two properties are located just a 15 minute drive from where the bomb exploded
Investigators used some items collected from the vehicle, including a hat and gloves, to match Warner’s DNA and DNA was taken from one of his family members, the official, who spoke to AP on the condition of anonymity, said.
Warner had worked as a computer consultant for Nashville real estate agent Steve Fridrich, who said Warner told him he was retiring earlier this month.
Officials said Warner had not been on their radar before Christmas. A law enforcement report released Monday showed that Warner’s only arrest was for a 1978 marijuana-related charge.
The freelance IT consultant, whom neighbors described as an ‘oddball’, was ‘heavily into conspiracy theories’, a source close to the investigation told DailyMail.com.
Warner believed 5G cellular technology was killing people, and may have been spurred on in the conspiracy theory by the 2011 death of his father, who worked for telecom BellSouth, which later merged with AT&T.
The bombing badly damaged a critical AT&T transmission center, wreaking havoc on phone communications in multiple states that the company is still racing to resolve.
Warner believed 5G cellular technology was killing people, and may have been spurred on in the conspiracy theory by the 2011 death of his father, Charles B. Warner, who worked for telecom BellSouth, which later merged with AT&T. The bomber’s father (above) died in 2011
Agents are also investigating whether Quinn’s paranoia over telecommunications began with the death of his father Charles B. Warner in July 2011, aged 78.
A death certificate obtained by DailyMail.com notes that Charles, nicknamed Popeye, died of dementia after spending his career working for BellSouth, a former AT&T subsidiary which re-merged with the company in 2006.
Electronic devices seized from Warner’s former home in Antioch, a suburb of Nashville, have been sent to a digital forensics laboratory to unlock his online activity and find out where he discussed his warped views.
‘We are waiting on the digital footprint that should finally provide us with some answers,’ a source explained.
‘The unofficial motive thus far is the suspect believed 5G was the root of all deaths in the region and he’d be hailed a hero.’
Forensic analysts are also reviewing evidence from the blast site to try to identify the components of the explosives as well as information from the U.S. Bomb Data Center for intelligence and investigative leads, according to a law enforcement official who said investigators were examining Warner’s digital footprint and financial history.
The official, who was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity, said federal agents were examining a number of potential leads and pursuing several theories, including the possibility that the AT&T building was targeted.
Bodycam footage released by the Nashville Police Department shows the moment officers approach the RV of a suspected bomber just moments before it exploded early Christmas morning
The bombing took place around 6.30am Christmas Day and well before downtown streets were bustling with activity. Authorities identified the suspected bomber as 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner. The RV belonging to Warner is pictured
The RV was blaring a recorded warning that a bomb would detonate in 15 minutes. Police officers walked past the RV just moments before it exploded (fire from the explosion in the background)
Korneski said Sunday that officials were were interviewing acquaintances of Warner’s to try to determine what may have motivated him.
The explosion took place before downtown streets were bustling with activity and was accompanied by a recorded announcement warning anyone nearby that a bomb would soon detonate.
The warning blared out at least 15 minutes before the explosion actually happened.
Then, for reasons that may never be known, the audio switched to a recording of Petula Clark’s 1964 hit ‘Downtown’ shortly before the blast.
Investigators said they are now also looking into whether Warner had his pet dogs with him in the RV when it detonated.
When asked if Warner’s dogs perished alongside him in the blast, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch said Monday: ‘That, we don’t know yet. That’s still information that we’re trying to determine, all of that detail.’