A 29-year-old mother who was given two homes worth $409,000 for free by the man identified as a person of interest in the Nashville Christmas Day bombing has said she had no knowledge of the property exchange, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.
Pictured here for the first time, Michelle Swing, who lives in Los Angeles, claims she was unaware Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, had signed the $160,000 Bakertown Road property raided on Saturday away to her last month via a quitclaim deed.
Swing’s signature does not appear on the November 25 transfer.
‘In the state of Tennessee you can deed property to someone else without their consent or their signature or anything,’ Swing told DailyMail.com
‘I didn’t even buy the house he just deeded it over to me without my knowledge. So this all very weird to me, that’s about all I can say.’
However, Warner also transfered another home on Bakertown Road to Swing via a quitclaim deed last year.
The $249,000 house had previously belonged to his father who passed away in 2011 and Warner had only been in possession of it for five months before again giving it to Swing for free. He had also previously registered a security alarm business at this address.
Swing declined to say whether she had ever met Warner or whether she had family links to him, adding: ‘I’ve been told to direct everything else to FBI.’
FBI agents swarmed the $160,000 property on Saturday morning in their hunt for the mystery RV driver behind the devastating blast outside Nashville’s AT&T building.
The Christmas morning explosion is now thought to have been the result of a suicide bombing after it was revealed that human remains had been recovered at the scene and officials said they were not looking for another suspect.
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Michelle Swing, a 29-year-old who lives in Los Angeles but previously lived in Tennesse, told DailyMail.com exclusively that she was unaware Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, had signed the $160,000 property away last month via a quitclaim deed
Anthony Quinn Warner – the man identified as a person of interest in the Nashville Christmas Day bombing- gave his $160,000 house away for nothing a month before the blast, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal. The property is pictured with a white RV used in the bombing out front on Google Street View prior to the explosion
According to records, in January 2019, Warner also transferred this $249,000 home to Swing
Investigators remove items from the basement of the home in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday afternoon
A new video that emerged of the Christmas morning blast showed a cop walking past just before it exploded
Michelle Swing, 29, was given two homes by Warner but their link is unknown. She now lives in California
Swing has claimed that she had no idea that the house had been transferred to her at no cost on November 25
Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, signed the property away via a quitclaim deed to Michelle Swing, a 29-year-old woman living in Los Angeles, for $0.00, according to county records pictured above. Swing’s signature does not appear on the November 25th transfer and she told DailyMail.com she knew absolutely nothing about it
What we know about Anthony Quinn Warner
On Saturday, Anthony Quinn Warner was named by local media as the person of interest in the Nashville Christmas Day bombing
He was Nashville resident who lived in the suburb Antioch
A property linked to him was raided on Bakerstown Road, Antioch on Saturday afternoon
This house was transfered for free to 29-year-old Michelle Swing on November 25
He had also transfered a house to her for free in January 2019
The DailyBeast reported Warner was previously arrested in January 1978 and found guilty on an unspecified felony charge in 1980
They did not identify a suspect but unmarried Warner has been named in media reports and a vehicle matching the one used in the bombing is seen parked up beside the two-bed house in Google street view images.
According to Newsweek, authorities will swab Warner’s mother to determine if he is a match to the remains found at the bomb site.
The second home that Warner had transferred to Swing was also located on Bakertown Road just a short walk from the house raided on Saturday.
The transfer took place in January 2019, just months after he had aquired the house in an intrafamily exchange from a Charles Warner, believed to be his father.
Charles died in 2011, according to an obituary, which also list Warner has having a brother and sister.
Swing’s address in the record for the transfer is listed as Lenoir City, Tennesse, a two-hour drive from Nashville.
The DailyBeast added that suspect Warner was previously arrested in January 1978 and found guilty on an unspecified felony charge in 1980.
He has been described as an ‘oddball’ by neighbors, some of whom had reported seeing the RV used in the explosion parked outside of his home.
Tony Rodriguez lives in the second home within the duplex that agents raided on Saturday but told the Washington Post that he never spoke to his neighbor and did not know his name.
He alleged that Warner kept ‘No Trespassing’ signs around the home, especially around the RV, and was often seen tinkering with antenna above the house.
Rodriguez also claimed that investigators had taken a computer motherboard from Warner’s house during the search.
Federal agents are seen on Saturday Warner’s Nashville home on Saturday
The RV which exploded on Christmas morning is pictured. Police are now purportedly investigating whether it belonged to Anthony Quinn Warner
ATF and law enforcement members investigate the Christmas Day explosion that tore through downtown Nashville
FBI agents swarmed the $160,000 property on Saturday morning in their hunt for the mystery RV driver behind the devastating blast outside Nashville’s AT&T building in the early hours of Christmas morning
The house is just a five-minute walk from the second house he transfered to her in November that was raided on Saturday
Another neighbor Steven Stone, 61, confirmed that he had seen a similar RV parked outside of Warner’s place.
‘When I looked out my window and saw all the law enforcement that’s when it hit me that I’d see the camper up there,’ he told USA Today.
Heavy.com also spoke to a neighbor who said that Warner worked in IT and generally kept to himself. One of the homes he previously owned had a private electronics business that specializes in custom alarms registered to the address.
Friday’s blast emanated from a white RV parked outside the AT&T building on 2nd Avenue at 6.40 am. The explosion injured three people and caused severe damage to the city’s downtown area.
Shocking new surveillance video of the explosion shows a police officer had just walked away from site when the bomb exploding, barely missing finding themselves in the line of fire for flying debris.
The event had led investigators on a frantic chase to determine who the vehicle belonged to.
On Saturday afternoon, a swarm of federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were seen outside an address listed to Warner in the Nashville neighborhood of Antioch.
Neighbors reported seeing a white RV parked outside his property within the past two weeks. A similar vehicle can also been seen on a Google Street View search of Warner’s address from May 2019.
According to CBS, ‘at least two tips were called in to the FBI about Warner prior to the explosion.’
Neighbors reported seeing a white RV parked in Warner’s driveway. Agents are seen at the $160,000 home
A member of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is seen outside the home
Law enforcement officers gather to investigate the house which was scanned for further bombs
ATF police were seen searching the house and removing evidence from the basement
Neighbors watch on as investigators search the home allegedly linked to the bombing suspect
A member of law enforcement returns to his vehicle as the search on the home continues
The blast occurred Friday morning in downtown Nashville after a bomb detonated from inside a white RV. On Saturday, police searched outside a home in the city’s southeast linked to Anthony Quinn Warner. Old Google Street View images show a similar looking vehicle out front
During a press conference on Saturday afternoon, the FBI refused to identify any person in their investigation.
They say they are still pursuing approximately 500 leads and have close to 250 agents and analysts assigned to the case.
The Bureau is also investigating whether the blast was deliberately designed to target law enforcement officers.
Cops had been called to 2nd Avenue shortly before the explosion amid reports of a shooting. However, they arrived to find the white RV playing a recorded announcement saying that it would explode in 15 minutes.
One expert is now theorizing that the spooky recording was designed to bring as many cops and first responders as possible into the area with the intention of killing or maiming them.
‘I kind of think it was probably an idea to get first responders to come in,’ ex-NYPD Detective Bill Ryan told Fox News on Saturday.
Six cops have now been hailed as heroes after the descended on the area and tried to clear out pedestrians and residents before the bomb went off.
The blast injured three people and caused severe damage to the city’s downtown area
On Saturday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee revealed that he has requested an emergency declaration from President Trump to support ongoing efforts and relief.
‘This morning I toured the site of the bombing. The damage is shocking and it is a miracle that no residents were killed. I continue to pray for those who sustained injuries from the blast,’ he wrote on Twitter.
It comes as Nashville police confirmed that they are investigating whether human remains have been found at the site of the bomb blast.
According to CNN, tissue was discovered at the scene, and forensic experts are now working to determine whether it is human.
It is unclear whether anybody was inside the RV at the time it detonated.
The gigantic blast caused damage to more than 40 buildings, with new videos showing the widespread impact it created.
One shocking clip shared on social media shows an apartment building violently shaking during the blast.
A resident told CNN on Saturday: I’ve never seen anything like it. It shook everything’
Meanwhile, other videos being shared widely on social media show people hiding for cover in buildings along 2nd Avenue as they were warned by cops that the RV could explode.
One man was walking his dog right by the RV and heard the warning message emanating from the vehicle.
Quick thinking cops quickly told him to get back just before the bomb went off. He told WKRN that it is a ‘Christmas miracle’ he is still alive.
One man was walking his dog right by the RV and heard the warning message emanating from the vehicle. He is seen in a lobby on the city’s downtown area just before the blast
Quick thinking cops quickly told him to get back just before the bomb went off. He told WKRN that it is a ‘Christmas miracle’ he is still alive.
This was the scene immediately after the explosion on Friday morning in downtown Nashville
On Saturday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration classified the airspace over the site of the bombing as “National Defense Airspace’.
The order prohibits pilots from flying over the site and a surrounding area of one nautical mile. The restriction will stay in place until December 30.
Meanwhile, the area on the ground has still been cordoned off and there is a strong police presence.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper says it will be ‘some time’ before 2nd Avenue is open as normal.
On Friday evening, he announced curfew on the area around the bomb site as the investigation continued.
‘A curfew will start at 4:30pm, Friday Dec 25. and be lifted Sunday, December 27 at 4:30pm,’ he revealed in a tweet.
The blast blew in windows from at least 41 buildings, according to CNN. One building is now partially collapsed.
The RV was parked outside an AT&T facility, with the explosion causing network outages to the company’s phone and internet services.
That issue sparked safety fears as 911 dispatchers were reportedly having trouble identifying the location of callers.
USA Today reports on Saturday that outage issues lasted into the evening. It is now believed they have all been resolved.
As of Saturday morning, the area has still been cordoned off and there is a strong police presence in the area
Nashville Mayor John Cooper says it will be ‘some time’ before 2nd Avenue and the surround downtown area is open as normal
Meanwhile, more information is being learned about the hero cops who tried to clear the area after they arrived to find the RV playing a recording saying it would explode.
They were named by Metro Police Chief John Drake as Officer Brenna Hosey, Officer James Luellen, Officer Michael Sipos, Officer Amanda Topping, Officer James Wells and Sergeant Timothy Miller, as he praised them for rushing into danger to save others.
The officers had been responding to reports of shots fired 40 minutes before the explosion when they found an RV located outside of an AT&T transmission building which was playing an announcement featuring a woman’s voice saying it would explode in 15 minutes.
There was no evidence of shooting at the scene and it is not known of the sounds could also have come from the RV’s recording. Cops have not revealed who made the initial shooting report.
They rushed to get people out of their homes while the ominous, pre-recorded message played over and over again with music playing inbetween each countdown, before the van eventually exploded at round 6.40am.
‘These officers didn’t care about themselves,’ Chief Drake said. ‘They didn’t think about that. They cared about the citizens of Nashville. They went in and we’d be talking not about the debris that we have here but potential people.’
Despite the devastation of the blast, miraculously only three people were injured.
They were rushed to hospital in non-life threatening conditions.
This is what is left of Second Avenue in downtown Nashville after the explosion on Friday morning. Police have not yet identified a suspect
An aerial view of the scene in downtown Nashville on Friday morning after an ‘intentional’ explosion came from a parked car
The scale of the debris was enormous. All of 2nd Avenue between The entire street on second avenue was covered with it
FBI Special Agent in charge Matt Foster made a plea to the public for information on Friday night.
‘The FBI stands with the city of Nashville today in this very tragic Christmas Day event.
‘This is our city too. We live here, we work here. We’re putting everything we have into finding who was responsible for what happened here today.
‘There are leads that need to be pursued and technical works need to happen.’
Anyone with information about the incident has been asked to contact the FBI at www.fbi.gov/nashville or by calling them.
On Friday night, star of CNBC’s The Profit Marcus Lemonis also offered a $250,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the culprit.
It brought the reward total to $300,000 after previous smaller reward offers from Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp., FOX Sports host Clay Travis, and Lewis Country Store.
Emergency personnel work near the scene of an explosion in downtown Nashville, Tenn., Friday, Dec. 25, 2020
A law enforcement member walks past damage from an explosion in downtown Nashville, Tenn., Friday, Dec. 25, 2020
A vehicle burns near the site of an explosion in the area of Second and Commerce in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. December 25, 2020. It’s unclear if this was the vehicle that caused the blast or not