The Nashville Police (USA) officially identified this Sunday a possible suspect in the explosion of this Friday in the city, while the authorities they were investigating a suspicious new vehicle on the outskirts of that town.
Nashville Police Chief John Drake identified the prime suspect as Anthony Quinn Warner, a 63-year-old white man, although he did not rule out that they could investigate more people.
Authorities believe that the possible perpetrator of the attack could die in the explosion this Friday in downtown Nashville and on Saturday they searched his home in search of evidence that could connect his DNA with that of the human remains found at the scene of the explosion, according to CNN.
The explosion left three minor injuries and damage to dozens of buildings when a bombed-out motorhome exploded early on Christmas Day, minutes after broadcasting a recording calling for evacuation of the area.
The tension continued this Sunday, when the authorities the driver of another “suspicious vehicle” was stopped outside of Nashville, a white truck, and cut traffic on a section of the local highway to investigate the matter. That truck had issued “a similar audio message heard before the Christmas Day explosion in Nashville, “according to a statement from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.
When you played that recording, the truck was parked in front of a grocery store in the town of Walter Hill, which is in Rutherford County, about 37 miles (60 kilometers) from downtown Nashville, the sheriff’s office said. After playing back that recording, the truck traveled to the town of Lebanon, in Wilson County, also very close to Nashville, where authorities detained its driver.
Television images showed this Sunday the truck parked on a rural stretch of road, with no homes around, and with numerous vehicles from local authorities, the FBI and other agencies blocking the road several meters away.
The discovery of that truck seemed complicate investigation just when the agents seemed to be focusing on a single figure, that of Warner, an electronics expert who resided in the Antioch neighborhood of Nashville. The FBI questioned several Warner acquaintances this Saturday and asked them if they knew that the suspect had fear of 5G technology, according to several local chains.
Researchers believe that Warner suffered from paranoia related to that cutting edge technology and believed that it could be used to spy on Americans, WSMV said. That would fit in with one of the possible motivations for the attack investigators are exploring: the possibility that it was aimed at disrupting telecommunications in the area.
The motorhome exploded when it was parked in front of a building of the AT&T telecommunications company, causing the landline and cell phone service interruption of thousands of people throughout the state of Tennessee, and in parts of neighboring Kentucky and Alabama. The six police officers who were in the area when the explosion occurred on Friday spoke with the local press this Sunday and confirmed that, just before the explosion, the song ‘Downtown’ sounded in the motorhome, by Petula Clark.