Persons-Of-Interest In Deadly East Nashville Shooting Arrested

Posted at 7:02 AM, Aug 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 18:30:55-04

Two men wanted for questionings in the murders of two people outside the Cobra bar last week have been taken into custody. 

Metro Nashville Police Tweeted Monday afternoon that they wanted to speak with 24-year-old Lacory Lytle and 20-year-old Demontrey Logsdon about the fatal shooting.

Later that evening, Lytle was charged with identity theft and credit card fraud in connection with the incident at Cobra bar.

According to his arrest affidavit, Lytle used a credit card that was taken during the robbery outside of Cobra. The report said the card was used at a Kroger store, and surveillance cameras from the store were later used to identify Lytle as a person of interest in the case.

As of Tuesday morning, Lytle was not charged in connection with the murders of Bartley Teal or Jaime Sarrantonio. 

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Logsdon was also booked into the Hill Detention Center late Monday in a case unrelated to the shootings at Cobra. He was charged with aggravated kidnapping, accused of accompanying Horace Williamson III last Friday when Williamson forced his girlfriend to go with him at gunpoint. 

Williamson was also arrested Monday when he and others allegedly carjacked a driver in Bellevue who stopped to check on a dog along the roadside. 

Lytle was convicted of felony aggravated assault in May of this year and received a 5-year probated sentence. Logsdon was convicted of robbery in November 2017 and received a 5-year probated sentence. 

Police officials named them as persons of interest in the cases based on certain surveillance images, recovered physical evidence and observations by MNPD officers.

On Monday morning, officials said "strong leads" were being pursued to catch two men believed to be responsible for multiple fatal shootings across the Nashville area, police said. Officials released Logsdon and Lytles photos several hours later.

Logsdon was taken into custody by the MNPD Gang Unit and deputy U.S. Marshals at a residence on Dr. D.B. Todd Boulevard.

Lytle was taken into custody afternoon when he walked into the MNPD East Precinct.

At this point, Metro Nashville Police said they are connecting the three, different shootings with four victims – three of whom died. The police department tweeted Monday morning that Chief Steve Anderson met with detectives in the case and said strong leads are being pursued. 

The first incident happened back on August 8 in the Inglewood area when a 39-year-old woman was shot while walking her dog just before 1 a.m. She survived but police have confirmed the shooting left her paralyzed.

Less than a week later, investigators said 31-year-old Kendall Rice was walking to work when he was robbed and fatally shot on Alta Loma Road in Madison. 

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The third shooting linked to the violent shooting spree happened around 3:30 a.m. Friday in East Nashville outside of The Cobra Nashville.  

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Four people were heading to get a snack at a convenience store when they were robbed. Police said 33-year-old Bartley Teal and 30-year-old Jaime Sarrantonio were shot and killed. 

A 34-year-old man and 32-year-old woman with them were not shot. It was that woman’s credit card that Lytle is accused of using.

He was charged with felony identity theft, fraudulent use of a credit card.

Earlier in the week, police officials said the three crimes and possibly two more could be linked but narrowed it down to the three shootings on Friday.

Police described the shooters as two men, one possibly with dreads, driving a small, dark-colored Chevrolet.

A car discovered on Tuesday that matches the description of a vehicle used in these crimes. A Chevy Cruze was found late Monday by the Juvenile Crimes Task Force - police had said they were looking for a dark-colored vehicle that may be a Cruze.

As Tuesday evening, after its discovery, police have not been able to establish a connection to the shootings in Madison and East Nashville. The car was stolen out of Clarksville.

Anyone with information on the shooters should call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.  

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