Waffle House suspect arrested in Nashville

Vastavam web: The police on Monday arrested the suspect in a rampage at a Waffle House restaurant that left four people dead in Nashville, after a tip from the public set them on the trail of the man who had evaded them for nearly 34 hours.The authorities announced the arrest of the suspect, Travis Reinking, just after 1 p.m., in a wooded area that was within sight of the apartment complex where he lived.Lt. Carlos Lara of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said Mr. Reinking was wearing a backpack that contained a loaded handgun and ammunition, but surrendered without incident.

“Yesterday was a horrible day for the city of Nashville,” Mayor David Briley said. “Today is a day where we can start to move on as a community, I hope.”In the minutes following Mr. Reinking’s arrest, police cars, their blue lights flashing, lined the road running parallel to the tree line. Officers stood at ease beneath an overcast sky, with the capture of the suspect having eased the worries coursing through the heart of a metropolitan area of more than 1.8 million people.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation had added Mr. Reinking to its Top Ten Most Wanted list, and some of Nashville’s public schools imposed “lockout” rules on Monday in a bid to protect students and staff members from a suspect who was at large into the workweek.By the time classes were dismissed on Monday, Mr. Reinking was in custody. But investigators said they were still working to piece together the attack that also left four others wounded.

Officials, from detectives to trauma surgeons at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said there would have been greater bloodshed had a 29-year-old customer, James Shaw Jr., not wrested the rifle away from Mr. Reinking while he was reloading. Mr. Reinking then fled the restaurant, the police said, naked except for a green jacket.“Nobody has told me anything that would indicate that’s the motivating factor,” Mr. Briley said in his office.

Instead, Mr. Briley said there was “enough indication that there was some element of mental illness associated with it, as opposed to it being intentional or planned.”Mr. Reinking has had other encounters with law enforcement, including an arrest near the White House last July when he crossed a security barrier as he sought a meeting with President Trump. And just last week, police officers near Nashville pursued Mr. Reinking after he was accused of stealing a B.M.W. from a dealership in Brentwood, said Don Aaron, a spokesman for the Nashville police.

After the car was reported stolen, officers spotted the vehicle, Mr. Aaron said, and began chasing it through rush-hour traffic. The police soon stopped the pursuit because of concerns for other motorists’ safety and because the car had tracking technology.Mr. Reinking is believed to have moved to Nashville last fall, and police reports show family members expressed concern for his welfare after he exhibited delusional behavior for an extended time, including expressing a belief that the entertainer Taylor Swift was stalking him and hacking his phone and Netflix account.After his arrest near the White House Mr. Reinking, who lived in Morton, Ill., was forced to surrender three rifles and a handgun to officials in August, just months before he moved to Nashville.

“He was allowed to do that after he assured deputies that he would keep them secure and away from Travis,” Sheriff Huston said. “We have no information about how Travis came back into possession of those firearms.”The police in Nashville indicated that Mr. Reinking’s father returned the weapons to his son. He could not be reached for comment on Monday.