Waffle House suspect's ex-bosses asked feds to help him

Waffle House slaying suspect arrested after massive manhunt

Darlene Sustrich is the co-owner of a Colorado crane company where the suspect in the deadly Waffle House shooting once worked. He was arrested in a wooded area behind an apartment complex where he lived, after a civilian spotted him walking through a construction site and called 911, police said.

Police say James Shaw Jr. who wrestled Reinking to the ground was shot in the arm.

Around the end of March 2017, while driving to Last Chance, Colorado, for work, Reinking suddenly made a decision to quit his job at the Sustrichs' crane company, convinced that police were following him and that "it was his last chance to marry Taylor Swift", Ken Sustritch told detectives this week.

Hartline said he did realize the customer was nervous about something when Reinking called the shop two weeks later on April 11.

Hartline said that if Reinking had said something more threatening - such as, "I'm going to kill you" - he would've taken it more seriously.

Police say they still do not know of a motive for the crime.




Ken and Darlene Sustrich did not respond to messages seeking comment this week.

Paranoid, quiet, and erratic, he appears to have believed deeply that people were constantly watching him, monitoring his moves, and breaking into his electronic devices, according to records obtained by BuzzFeed News. But a recorded telephone conversation between Reinking and one of the shop's employees shows he was also fearful that the company had tampered with his computer. "Help him if you can".

Sustrich says she tried to tell officials to keep 29-year-old Travis Reinking in custody after he was arrested at the White House last year. Reinking started asking a technician about an issue with his laptop. "It's armalite rifle." he said. An officer wrote that he later called Jeffrey Reinking and told him that "when he gets back home, he might want to lock the guns back up until Travis gets mental help which he stated he would".

The victims were: Akilah Dasilva, 23; DeEbony Groves, 21; Joe Perez, 20; Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29; remembered as a talented musician, a brilliant student, a loving son, and a dedicated worker.

Sustrich says they received a phone call from the Federal Bureau of Investigation after he allegedly tried to jump the White House fence last July. Sustrich said Reinking then packed up his belongings and drove his blue Mitsubishi back to IL.

Reinking was not armed at the time, but at the FBI's request, IL police revoked his state firearms card. The FBI was neutralizing "what we felt was the threat at the time by ensuring that he did not have the ability to purchase or own weapons and that those weapons were taken", Matthew E. Espenshade, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Memphis division, told reporters Monday. Reinking is charged with four counts of criminal homicide and other offenses.

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