Men wanted for questioning in string of Nashville murders in custody

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UPDATE: Metro Police have taken both men into custody wanted for questioning in connection to recent Nashville murders.

The MNPD Gang Unit and deputy US Marshals took Demontrey Logsdon into custody at a home on Dr. D.B. Todd Boulevard Monday afternoon. Lacory Lytle walked into the Metro Police East Precinct just before 6 p.m. Monday.

Logsdon and Lytle were wanted for questioning in the murders of Bartley Teal, 33, and Jaime Sarrantonio, 30, outside The Cobra bar on August 17 and the murder of Kendall Rice, 31, on Alta Loma Road on August 14.

Metro Police made a connection to Logsdon and the suspected gunman in the recent Bellevue carjacking. Police say Logsdon had an outstanding warrant for aggravated kidnapping. He is accused of being with Horace Williamson III when Williamson allegedly forced his girlfriend to go somewhere with him at gunpoint. Williamson was identified as the suspected gunman in the carjacking and robbery in Bellevue.

Lytle had outstanding warrants charging him with felony identity theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, and theft for using a stolen credit card of a surviving robbery victim from The Cobra bar at a local grocery store. Lytle is accused of using the credit card of a 32-year-old woman who was with Teal and Sarrantonio the night of their deaths.

Authorities say Lytle, 24, was convicted of felony aggravated assault in May and received a five year probation sentence. Logsdon, 20, was convicted of robbery in November 2017 and received a five year probated sentence, according to Metro PD.

Officers said Lytle and Logsdon need to be questioned based on certain surveillance images, recovered evidence and observations.


Metro Nashville Police are pursuing strong leads in a string of murders in East Nashville and Madison.

The police department tweeted Monday morning that Chief Anderson had a meeting with officers investigating murders of three people recently killed during random robbery attempts.

"Strong leads are being actively pursued," police tweeted.

On Friday, Metro Police Spokesman Don Aaron called the crimes "senseless, cold-blooded homicides." The suspects were believed to be driving a dark sedan.

Anyone with information on the murders should call 615-742-7463.

What we know so far:

In Bellevue, a man was carjacked at gunpoint after trying to avoid hitting a dog on Highway 70 on Aug. 12. The vehicle has since been recovered.

In East Nashville, a man and woman died Friday morning, Aug. 17, after being shot outside “The Cobra,” a bar along Gallatin Avenue.

Witnesses tell police the shooting happened during an apparent robbery at about 3:30 a.m.

The victims have been identified as Bartley Teal, 33, and Jaime Sarrantonio, 30. Friday was Teal's 33rd birthday.

Police say after the shooting, the murderers fled to North Nashville and dumped the victims' belongings in an obscure alley off 23rd Avenue North and Heiman Street.

In Madison, someone shot a man to death with a rifle while he was walking to catch a bus to go to work.

Kendall Rice, 31, was killed at about 5:05 a.m. Tuesday morning, Aug. 14, in the Alta Loma Road area of Madison.

Police say at the time, Rice was walking from his home along Crestview Drive to catch a bus on North Gallatin Road when a car pulled up behind him. Witnesses reported two men shot Rice and fled.

Rice died at the scene. His personal belongings were missing.

The suspects are described as two black men in their 30s who fled in a dark-colored sedan.

Also in Madison about 12 minutes after the deadly shooting, a man was critically shot at Falcon View Apartments during a robbery attempt.

In East Nashville, a woman was shot while walking her dog on Aug. 8.

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