Nashville murder suspect added to TBI’s Top 10 list

Friday, January 22, 2010 at 2:29am
Cristofer Lopez-Valentino

A murder suspect Metro police say should be considered armed and dangerous was added Thursday to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted list.

Police have been searching for Cristofer Lopez-Valentino, 21, of 627 Charles E. Davis Blvd., since Jan. 6 — the day he allegedly opened fire on James R. Gatlin, his girlfriend’s cousin who had just been in a fight with another person.

According to witnesses, the suspect stood over the victim and continued to shoot him in the head.

Lopez-Valentino faces one count of criminal homicide.

A fight — that did not include Lopez-Valentino — broke out at the J.C. Napier public housing devlopment

Police describe 21-year-old Valentino as man of Puerto Rican descent. He has black hair and brown eyes, stands 6-foot, 3-inches tall and weighs 200 pounds.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Cristofer Lopez-Valentino is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

9 Comments on this post:

By: wrglwright on 1/22/10 at 7:59

this one on probation as well? how high will his bond be if they even catch him????????

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/22/10 at 8:29

wright, i am composing my letter to the state reps and senator and am encouraging everyone i know to do the same.

By: wrglwright on 1/22/10 at 8:34


By: BEOWULF on 1/22/10 at 9:01

BEOWULF: Criminal homicide suspect...Bond? If caught and found guilty - EXECUTION in 30 days. Public safety and saving taxpayer $$ ranks pretty low these day when dealing w/scum.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/22/10 at 9:11

indeed it does, Beowulf. our judges (most of them) set very low bonds, let them serve 20% of their sentence then put them out on probation with too few probation officers to watch them. ridiculous! this needs more press coverage. the people of Nashville should be outraged. no matter how well MNPD does their job it doesn't matter if the judges keep letting them off the hook!

By: nothingbutagthng on 1/22/10 at 12:20

judges have a guideline they go by and as far as releasing prison inmates that would be the parole board. What needs to be done is to reevaluate sentencing guidelines. Obviously they don't seem to work, and limit appeals on open and shut cases. For the people that are wrongly convicted if it is done because of some cover up they should be held accountable in a more serious fashion also. All these appeals are racking up a lot of money and resources and I'm sure a lot of them are frivolous.

By: DDG on 1/22/10 at 12:42

Another idiot off the streets when they catch him...good.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/22/10 at 2:17

nothing, where can one see what the sentencing guidelines are?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/22/10 at 2:28

ok, i found the sentencing guidelines. however, even within the guidelines it seems as though some of the local judges could do more than their doing. i'm still following wright's advice to write the state reps and senators to see what changes can be made.