James Joseph Turgeon is a white man from Tennessee, United States. He made headlines just days before 2020 ended.
On December 25, 2020, a female computerized voice warned people about a bomb that was going to detonate within 15 minutes before a white recreational vehicle exploded outside the AT&T transmission building on Second Avenue North in Nashville, Tennessee. The man behind the explosion was Anthony Quinn “Tony” Warner of Antioch, Nashville.
Turgeon recorded a similar announcement and played it loudly while driving a white box truck between Rutherford and Wilson counties in Tennessee in the morning of December 27, 2020 first at Kings Chapel Independent Missionary Baptist Church at Jefferson Pike and Dunaway Chapel Road while a church service was ongoing. He then played again at around 10:20 a.m. that day outside the Crossroads Market in the Walter Hill area of Rutherford County.
Because of the audio that Turgeon played from this truck, Highway 231 South from the Cedars of Lebanon State Park to Richmond Shop Road in Wilson County were closed from around 11:00 a.m. to around 4:00 p.m. on December 27, 2020 and a bomb squad used a robot to check the truck and detected no device. The Tennessee Highway Patrol and Deputies from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and Wilson County Sheriff’s Office stopped Turgeon on Highway 231 South in Wilson County.
Before Turgeon’s arrest, he intentionally damaged the wiring of the speaker system in his truck, which resulted in the tampering with evidence charge. Here are 10 more things about him:
- He lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
- He owns several businesses in Tennessee including SKIP Busterz, All Knight Fence Co., All Knight New and Used Tire Shop and All Knight Auto Recovery.
- Aside from Murfreesboro, he has lived in other areas of Tennessee including Lascassas, Lebanon and Powell.
- He attended Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.
- He is a supporter of 45th U.S. president Donald Trump.
- He married Michelle Turgeon on August 26, 2016.
- He and Michelle have two children.
- In 2017, he was charged with theft, evading arrest with auto and evading arrest, according to the Murfreesboro Post.
- He was 33 years old when he was arrested on December 27, 2020. He was held on a $500,000 bond at Rutherford County Adult Detention Center and was charged with two counts of felony filing a false report and one count of tampering with evidence.
- His hearing will be on June 7, 2021 in General Sessions Court in Nashville.
(This is a developing story. More details will be added.)