Nashville explosion suspect ‘was not on our radar’: TBI director

Suspect Anthony Quinn Warner died within the blast. A motive is not identified.

December 28, 2020, 6:36 PM

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The suspect in Christmas morning’s Nashville RV explosion was recognized after investigators matched tissue discovered on the blast to DNA from gloves and a hat inside a automobile the suspect owned, an official mentioned.

Suspected bomber Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, of Antioch, Tennessee, died within the blast.

“He was not on our radar,” Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch mentioned Monday.

The TBI mentioned Warner’s solely arrest in Tennessee was in 1978 for marijuana possession in Nashville.

“The calls that came in from the public were absolutely key to the identification, at least with a name of a direction for the investigation to take,” Rausch mentioned.

“We had some tissue at the crime scene. That tissue was then provided to both the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for our forensic scientists to process, as well as to the lab in Quantico with the FBI. Then, there were additional items of evidence that were collected because we then had a name to compare,” he mentioned. “We were able to go to locations to collect additional forensic evidence to test for DNA. That DNA evidence was then matched.”

A motive is unclear. Agents are questioning Warner’s household and neighbors, Rausch mentioned.

“We are all working on pieces of the puzzle to determine what happened,” he mentioned.

No victims have been killed within the large explosion, which impacted buildings for a number of blocks. Nashville police officers were hailed as heroes for rapidly evacuating buildings after a recording coming from the RV warned of a detonation.

The explosive system has been despatched to FBI headquarters to be analyzed; its contents usually are not but identified, Rausch mentioned.

ABC News‘ Rachel Katz contributed to this report.

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