MURDER INDICTMENT FILED ON MAN WHO KILLED WHITE CASTLE MANAGER WHILE COMMITTING STRING OF FELONIES OVER 2 HOUR TIME SPAN
Posted on 10/30/2020
Defendant: Mark Christopher Reynolds
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “Mark Reynolds went on an early morning 2 hour crime spree committing murder and multiple other felonies, leaving 9 victims along the way.” Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned a 12 count indictment on Mark Christopher Reynolds, age 29, in connection to the October 23rd string of felonies he committed. At approximately 5:00 am, Jamall D. Shellow, age 27, was working at the WW transport trucking company. As he was getting into his semi-truck on the lot, he saw Reynolds climbing into the passenger side of the vehicle. Reynolds pointed a gun at him and demanded that the victim drive him away from the area. The victim fled on foot to a nearby fire station and reported the crime. Approximately an hour later, Reynolds entered the White Castle restaurant located at the corner of W. Broad Street and N. Wilson Road. Reynolds fired his gun into a group of 5 employees behind the counter. The store manager, Amanda Rush, age 30, was shot in the head and died at the scene. Employee Timothy L. Mathies, age 57, was shot in the wrist and was treated for his injuries. Also in the line of fire, but not struck were White Castle employees Kelly Spry, Breanna Monroe, and Zoe Thacker, as well as a drive through window patron, Frank Baldwin. Reynolds fled the scene and then travelled to the PNC Bank located at 3500 W. Broad Street where he fired shots at multiple glass doors of the bank. Reynolds last stop that morning was the Certified gas station located at 3240 W. Broad Street. Victim Dimary Ortiz was driving her car eastbound on W. Broad Street across the street from the Certified gas station when her passenger side door was struck by gunfire. Reynolds barricaded himself inside the gas station but was taken into custody just before 7:00 am. “Most of the incidents from Reynolds crime spree were captured on surveillance video,” O’Brien stated. O’Brien commended the Columbus Police Department for their thorough investigation of this case. Arraignment for this case is set for Wednesday, November 4th at 1:30 pm in courtroom 2B at 345 South High Street in downtown Columbus.