BREAKING: Murder suspect Travis Reinking is in custody. Arrested moments ago. pic.twitter.com/WwuDCXDCGQ
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) April 23, 2018
The Waffle House shooting suspect was arrested behind the apartment complex where he was last seen, CNN’s Nick Valencia reports. https://t.co/1sy845br66
— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) April 23, 2018
Astonishingly (not), the guy who (allegedly) murdered four people of color was apprehended with no injuries other than to his dignity. From the Washington Post:
… The announcement came nearly 34 hours after the eruption of violence in the Waffle House, the latest public place suddenly consumed by blood and terror after a volley of gunfire. A little more than an hour before taking him into custody, police had acknowledged having “no confirmed sightings” of him and saying they were not even sure if he remained in the area.
That changed suddenly when police received a tip that someone matching Reinking’s description was seen heading into a wooded area about a mile from the Waffle House. Detectives marched into the wooden area and found Reinking, who was taken into custody without any incident, they said. When he was captured, police said Reinking was wearing a backpack that held a semiautomatic firearm as well ammunition.
Even with the suspected shooter alive and in police custody, what could have motivated the massacre remained frustratingly unknown, authorities said. Reinking requested a lawyer after his arrest and refused to answer questions or make a statement, Don Aaron, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, said at a news briefing.
While Reinking was at large, police had warned he was dangerous and said he showed “signs of significant instability,” Aaron had said at a news briefing earlier Monday…
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 life guards 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.
After an investigation by the FBI office in Springfield, Ill., state and local officials confiscated Reinking’s guns and revoked his firearm license in August. The weapons were given to Reinking’s father, who agreed to keep them secure and away from Reinking, officials said. But the father later acknowledged giving the weapons back to his son, police said, who had moved to Tennessee.
Under Illinois law, certain confiscated guns can be released to a family member, but Reinking could not lawfully possess the weapons in that state. Matthew E. Espenshade, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Memphis division, on Monday said that “every federal resource was brought to bear” in Reinking’s case after his arrest at the White House and the FBI assessment…
More recently, police said, Reinking had stolen a BMW from a dealership in suburban Nashville just four days before the Waffle House shooting. He eluded police officers who later recovered the vehicle at his apartment complex…
Not to minimize the genuine tragedy of an unprepared family attempting to cope with mental illness, but HOLY TRICKSTER GOD can you imagine someone other than a white man pulling stunts like this without significant repercussions? And, yes, I truly hope his old man faces serious charges for handing weapons of mass murder back to a ‘loved one’ he certainly knew wasn’t capable of ‘using them safely’!
Waffle House suspect Travis Reinking deemed himself a 'sovereign citizen,' part of anti-government group https://t.co/JqcpoMG9QH
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) April 23, 2018
Anyone who says his antisocial delusions are separate from his ideology has clearly not read up on many sovereigns. https://t.co/PswQ8t2PYc
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) April 23, 2018
I would note that Homeland Security warned us about these white nationalist groups as terrorist organizations in 2009 and Michele Malkin and Brit Hume lost their shit – claiming that Obama was "silencing dissent" by calling conservatives terrorists. https://t.co/hSEFXrTExh
— Frances Langum (@bluegal) April 23, 2018