The suspect who authorities say was responsible for the Christmas Day domestic terrorist attack in Nashville reportedly told his neighbor in the days before the explosion that “Nashville and the world is never going to forget me.”
Rick Laude said he saw Anthony Quinn Warner standing at his mailbox while driving on Dec. 21. Laude pulled over his car to speak with Warner and after asking how Warner’s elderly mother was doing, Laude said he casually asked Warner, “Is Santa going to bring you anything good for Christmas?” Laude said Warner smiled and then said, “Oh, yeah, Nashville and the world is never going to forget me.”
Authorities said that Warner was not on their radar before the explosion. A TBI records report released Monday showed that Warner’s only arrest was for a 1978 marijuana-related charge.
“It does appear that the intent was more destruction than death but again that’s all still speculation at this point as we continue in our investigation with all our partners,” Rausch said.
Warner relied on several key pieces of evidence, including DNA found at the explosion site. Investigators had previously revealed that human remains had been found in the vicinity.
A source close to the investigation told the Daily Mail that Warner’s father, who died in 2011 of dementia, worked for BellSouth, which was acquired by AT&T in 2006.
“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,” the source said. “We are waiting on the digital footprint that should finally provide us with some answers.”