News4 has learned accused Waffle House killer Travis Reinking checked into the Quality Inn in Franklin two days after the Secret Service arrested him at the White House in 2017.
Reinking stayed at the hotel for one night on July 9, paid with a Visa credit card, and checked out the next morning.
Quality Inn employee Joe Cicchese spoke exclusively with News4 about his interaction with the alleged killer.
“He seemed like a friendly guy,” said Cicchese. “I wonder why he was in this area at all if he was looking to do something bad, who knows?”
Reinking was arrested Monday about a mile from the shooting scene after a 32-hour manhunt that involved nearly 200 police officers.
His next-door neighbor at the Discovery at Mountain View Apartments says he rented the apartment in February.
“He smiled at me when I walked by. He was never unpleasant so I would have not ever thought anything like this would have happened,” said Brianna Bolen. “I didn’t think anyone that close to me, physically close to me would be capable of doing something so horrific.”
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