Police in Nashville said Monday that they had arrested Travis Reinking, the 29-year-old accused of killing four people in a shooting rampage at a Waffle House over the weekend.
The announcement Monday afternoon came nearly 34 hours after the mass shooting, which unnerved the Tennessee capital and prompted a sprawling manhunt. A little more than an hour before police said they had apprehended Reinking, authorities had acknowledged having “no confirmed sightings” of him and saying they were not even sure if he remained in the area.
Police did not immediately say how Reinking was located. But while he was at large, they said he posed a significant danger to the area, saying Reinking had shown “signs of significant instability,” Don Aaron, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, said at a news briefing late Monday morning.
Aaron pointed to Reinking’s arrest outside the White House last year, as well as a string of bizarre encounters with law enforcement officials in Illinois. Reinking once told law enforcement officers that the singer Taylor Swift had been harassing and stalking him — a delusion that authorities in Illinois said Reinking had had for years.
Last year, police records show that Reinking went to a local pool in Illinois wearing a pink dress and swam in his underwear while coaxing lifeguards to fight him. Soon after, he traveled to the nation’s capital and tried to cross a security barrier near the White House, declaring himself a “sovereign citizen” who wanted to speak with President Trump.
Most recently, Aaron said, Reinking stole a BMW from a dealership in suburban Nashville just four days before the Waffle House shooting, eluding police officers who later recovered the vehicle at his apartment complex.
Reinking went to a Brentwood, Tenn., BMW dealership, asked about purchasing a car and then stole a vehicle, Aaron said. Police in Brentwood followed him but gave up on the search, because it was rush hour and the car could be tracked through its GPS, according to Aaron; they later used that system to find the car at his apartment complex.
“They had no idea who the man was,” Aaron said, noting that Reinking refused to give identification to the dealership, so they did not have his name. After the shooting, a keyfob for the BMW was found in Reinking’s apartment, he said. Police in Brentwood did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Amazing how the white guys end up in custody for killing multiple people the black dude get’s killed for brake lights being out.