Salida police: Suspected Waffle House shooter had fascination with Taylor Swift, said she stalked him

SALIDA, Colo. -- Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking lived in Salida from August 2016 to March or April 2017, according to police records.

Officers in the Chaffee County community said they had one interaction with the man after he called police in March, claiming Taylor Swift was harassing and stalking him, according to a police call log.

Reinking’s former neighbors said they never spoke to the man.

One of Reinking’s former co-workers at Rocky Mountain Crane Services told police the accused killer said he spent $14,000 on a ring and traveled to California to meet Swift.

“It’s kind of surreal,” said Guinne Stropes, who works at Salida’s The Mountain Mail newspaper.

Stropes, who works as a copy assistant, interviewed Reinking for a story when she was an intern at the newspaper in January 2017.

The chance meeting led to Reinking being featured in newspaper’s “Word on the Street” community opinion series.

Stropes said there was nothing that seemed particularly odd about the man.

A former co-worker at Rocky Mountain Crane Services characterized Reinking as nice guy, saying he needed help.

Reinking quit his job at Rocky Mountain Crane in March 2017 because he said police were following him and it was his last chance to marry Swift, according to police records.

Last summer, authorities said Reinken breached a White House security barrier to meet President Donald Trump.

Salida police said the Secret Service came to the town to learn more about the man after the White House incident.

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