The mother of Nashville bomb suspect Anthony Warner has praised her son as a “good man”.
Betty Lane, 85, who lives in the house that suspect Warner reportedly gifted to 29-year-old Los Angeles-based Michelle Swing, told The Sun: “He’s a good man, I‘m devastated and upset. I can’t say any more.”
Anthony Warner’s mother lives in the house he reportedly gifted to Michelle SwingCredit: Google
Police conduct a search of the property linked to bombing suspect Warner on Bakertown Road in NashvilleCredit: Reuters
Numerous signs have also been erected around the propertyCredit: AP:Associated Press
Warner is said to have gifted Swing a $160,000 house last month, and a $249,000 house last year, both of which are on Bakertown Road, Nashville.
Her cell number has been posted on the back door of Warner’s small apartment, located just a few minutes’ drive from his mother’s residence.
Numerous “Private Property” and “No Trespassing” signs have also been erected around the property.
The 63-year-old, missing since the huge explosion tore through downtown Nashville is also believed by police to have once had a relationship with Swing’s mother.
And Swing is believed to have told investigators she has never met Warner but last spoke to him a week before Thanksgiving.
Michelle Swing was gifted two houses in Nashville by bombing suspect Anthony Quinn Warner
Cops were seen searching the home linked to bombing suspect Anthony Warner
Meanwhile, hero cop James Luellen – who warned locals in Nashville to stay indoors moments before Christmas Day’s huge explosion – revealed a PA system from inside the RV containing the device was playing the song “Downtown” by Petula Clark moments before playing a warning that a bomb was about to go off.
During a press conference Sunday morning, Luellen said: “The music started, and I notified over the [police radio] air to notify other officers,”
“Then, after the song, it continued to go back to the announcement for a little while,” he added.
Luellen said he didn’t immediately recognize the song at first, but later asked another responder from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives if they knew the song.
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He recalled: “What I remembered was ‘Downtown, where the lights shine bright’.
“Later, the ATF agent I spoke to pulled it up, and Downtown by Petula Clark was the specific song that was played.”
After the recorded countdown hit zero, the vehicle exploded into a massive fireball, sending shrapnel flying and destroying nearby buildings.
The FBI said the RV arrived at roughly 1.22am Central time in central Nashville while investigators believe the blast was an “intentional act.”
The explosion injured three people, damaged at least 41 businesses and caused one building to partially collapse, reports say.
Police are investigating whether human remains found among the wreckage could be that of Warner, the RV’s possible owner.
Investigators are reportedly probing whether Warner, a 63-year-old computer expert, intentionally detonated the RV outside an area AT&T building over paranoia about 5G technology and alleged government eavesdropping.
And agents investigating the suspected suicide bomber received a call from an individual who raised the alarm back in August 2019.