Police seek assistance finding man involved in Napier murder

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 3:23pm
Staff reports

Metro police are working to identify the suspect who shot another man to death in front of the man’s own stepson Monday night.

So far, detectives believe 22-year-old Thomas Rutledge was driving a miniature four-wheeler through the J.C. Napier homes with his 4-year-old stepson riding along when the gunman shot and killed Rutledge, of Gillespie Drive in Antioch, just before 9:30 Monday night.

Rutledge’s stepson was uninjured, and the gunman quickly fled the scene. Detectives from the Hermitage Precinct continue to investigate the motive behind the shooting and are identifying persons of interest.

Police said Rutledge had an arrest history showing 42 offenses since 2007.

Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to contact Hermitage Precinct Investigations at 862-7727 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME. Citizens can also send an electronic tip to Crime Stoppers by texting the word “CASH” along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES) or online at www.nashvillecrimestoppers.com. Persons who contact Crime Stoppers by phone or text message can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.

10 Comments on this post:

By: Magnum on 5/31/11 at 2:24

Hey I've got an idea. How about you help us and not let people with 42 offenses in the last 4 years back out on the street. Yes I know it is not the police who are responsible for this, but what is the point of arresting a person if this is the result. I'd think you could significantly cut police funding if you aren't going to do any better than this. Sounds to me like they only need a homicide department!

By: Beernazi on 5/31/11 at 2:42

You got that right, Magnum. What the heck are the judges doing???

By: Cookie47 on 6/1/11 at 7:03

42 arrests in four years. I agree with Magnum and Beernazi. Why was this guy even out? That being said, how does the shooting victim's arrest record factor to his murder?

Was it revenge?

Was it vigilante justice?

Either way or some other way, why put that info out there until evidence shows it was related?

I just feel sorry for the kid who didn't need to see this.

On a side note, why does it not surprise me that the guy with 42 arrests in 4 years comes from ANTIOCH?

By: 4gold on 6/1/11 at 7:24

Good Lord. Not hard to figure out drugs or some other debt or maybe the gunman wanted a joy ride on the 4-wheeler? With 42 arrest he was mixed up in a lot of things he shouldnt have been. Saw mama crying on tv "oh her baby." Her baby should have been in jail. Not riding a 4-wheeler. Well 42 people that he perpetrated these offenses against can sleep easier tonight.

By: fdanshep on 6/2/11 at 6:11

I don't know the procedure in sentencing but I assume that the judge takes into consideration the recommendation of the prosecutor in the time being dealt. Then I'll bet that the guy is getting out before the full sentence is served. Regardless, with 42 offenses in 4 years the guy should not been on the street. Maybe the guy that shot him was just trying to take his 4-wheeler back!

Seriously, until we hold Judges and Prosecutors accountable, this will continue. City Paper Editor, why not print the offenses, the sentence and the Judges involved and let's see if there is a pattern.

By: lyndafjones on 6/2/11 at 6:52

Magnum and Beernazi,
Don't blame the Judges. Ask the media for more information. The 42 offenses may very well be 40 "Driving on Suspended" charges, a failure to appear or other minor offense. Sensationalism sells. Boring routine matters do not. And to fdanshop: Come on over to the court house and learn a little before you attack our Judges. They process thousands of cases efficiently and properly each year.

By: budlight on 6/2/11 at 7:02

On a side note, why does it not surprise me that the guy with 42 arrests in 4 years comes from ANTIOCH?

Maybe he wasn't "from" Antioch. Maybe he just moved to Antioch from Franklin or Brentwood. After all, wasn't it Brentwood where the woman was hiding her Mexican lover in her closet and he killed her husband? I have not heard of that type of situation happening in Antioch. So crime is everywhere, isn't it?

By: Cookie47 on 6/2/11 at 7:39


Yes, crime happens everywhere but can you agree that a disproportionately large amount of it happens in Antioch? Hardly a day goes by that Antioch isn't mentioned in the news and very rarely is it in a good light.

I've worked in the Antioch area for over twenty years and hate to see how it's gone downhill. It use to be a great place to work and I can only imagine live but that's not the case anymore.

The one I feel sorry for the most in this story is the little boy. He narrowly missed dying himself only to see a man he probably looked up to gunned down. Hopefully it won't effect him as he gets older.

By: parnell3rd on 6/2/11 at 6:21

There will not be a 43rd offence.

By: Redman on 6/2/11 at 7:13

As I have posted elsewhere nothing is as heart warming as a public service killing.