Tom Lundborg was a teenager in the late 1970s when he worked under the accused Nashville bomber Anthony Quinn Warner, who was a technician for an alarm company.
At the time, Lundborg’s father owned ACE Alarms, a company providing commercial and residential burglary systems, but was incapacitated in a car accident. This left a young Lundborg and a 20 year old “Tony” Warner to run the business, and they traveled to different sites to do burglar alarm installations and service calls.
“I worked with Tony as his assistant. I kind of admired him. He was kind of a hippie. Had long hair, a Magnum, PI mustache, ”Lundborg told the Daily Beast. “He was a smart, arrogant guy. I rode with it all day every day – during the summers, at least for a few years.
Lundborg said Warner disliked authority, liked to smoke weed, and claimed he had just graduated from the Navy. (It is not known if Lundborg was ever in the US military, but records show he was arrested for possession of marijuana in 1978.)
They drove listening to 103 KDF, formerly Nashville’s main rock station, and if Warner spotted a cop, he would break his silence to lecture teenage Lundborg.
“I hate cops. They’re all corrupt, ”Warner said. “Never trust a cop.”
Lundborg said he spoke to the FBI about Warner, as authorities tried to piece together the motive for the Christmas Day explosion that injured eight people and destroyed several buildings. Warner, 63, died in the explosion.
Early that morning, a Warner-registered recreational vehicle exploded after playing a recording with a grim warning that a bomb would explode in 15 minutes. The RV also played Petula Clark’s 1964 hit “Downtown”, a song that begins with the words: “When you’re lonely and life makes you lonely / You can always go downtown.”
“He was a little guy, the quiet type, but pretty for girls … My father used to go to the dive bars with him. He was popular with the women there, you could just tell.“
The motive for the attack remains uncertain, although investigators wonder if Warner endorsed conspiracy theories about 5G technology. Warner parked his RV next to an AT&T building before the vehicle exploded.
“It seems the intention was more destruction than death. It’s still speculation at this point as we continue our investigation with all of our partners, ”David Rausch, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Monday.
Authorities are also investigating why Warner, who was unmarried and did not appear to have children, transferred two of his homes to Michelle Swing, a 29-year-old music director in Los Angeles. One of the waiver deeds was filed on November 25, while the other was in 2019.
A neighbor, Rick Laude, told The Associated Press that he and Warner had a chat a few days before the bombing, and Laude asked, “Is Santa going to bring you something good for Christmas?”
“Oh, yeah, Nashville and the world will never forget me,” Warner replied.
Laude said he didn’t think there was anything strange in their conversation and that “nothing about this guy raised red flags.”
Meanwhile, another neighbor, who declined to identify herself, told a Daily Beast reporter that when a peacock was walking last month, Warner came out of her house to feed it. “My daughter used to tell me he was like ‘I want this peacock’,” the neighbor said.
Warner was known to have dogs, and it is not known whether they also perished in the VR explosion.
“I was extremely shocked,” Lundborg said of the apparently intentional bombing of Warner. “You don’t expect someone you think normal to do something so abnormal. My memories of him are very distant, but it was still the memories I had.
“I guess he was crazy about something. You would think he was, to do what he did, ”added Lundborg, whose family security company is now called Symspire.
Warner was the sole technician of the elder Lundborg, and they worked at the Lundborg family residence in Antioch, Tennessee, where Warner attended high school.
“He was a little guy, the quiet type, but good looking for the girls,” Lundborg said. “My father used to go to dive bars with him. He was popular with the women there, you could just tell. He didn’t flirt much, but you could tell they liked him. Lundborg said Warner had a girlfriend at the time.
Lundborg said Warner ‘betrayed’ his parents and started his own alarm company, taking an ACE client or two with him. But the business collapsed, Lundborg said, because “he didn’t have the personality” to deal with customers.
The last time Lundborg saw Warner was in 2007, when the technician did computer work for a Chevrolet dealership in downtown Nashville.
But more recently, Warner handled the technology for Fridrich & Clark Realty. Company owner Steve Fridrich said he hired Warner four or five years ago as an independent contractor, and that Warner repaired the company’s computers and installed machines for new ones. employees.
Fridrich said Warner had other clients in the area but did not know their names.
“Tony Warner has never been an employee of our company, but he sometimes came to our office to maintain our computers. Earlier this month, he informed us that he was retiring and Fridrich & Clark has had no contact with him since then, ”Fridrich said in a text message.
“Upon learning that Tony was a suspect in the 2nd Avenue bombing on Christmas morning, Fridrich & Clark informed authorities that he had provided IT services to our company. The Tony Warner we knew is a kind person who never showed behavior that was less than professional.
– with additional reporting by Steven Hale
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