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    Howell Emanuel Donaldson III (24) murdered four people in Tampa, Florida

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.3582830

    Three similar murders have occurred in a Tampa neighborhood in the span of two weeks, leading to talk of a possible serial killer.

    Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said officers are still searching for ?someone who has been terrorizing a neighborhood? in the Seminole Heights district of Tampa.

    The latest victim was Anthony Naiboa, 20, who was murdered on Thursday.

    Naiboa, who had autism, was shot after accidentally taking the wrong bus home from work.

    Dugan said officers were in the neighborhood and heard gunfire while canvassing the area.

    ?One of our officers was able to find him, but it was too late,? Dugan said in a recorded statement. ?He was already dead when our police officers came up on him.?

    Naiboa was found about 300 yards from where the first victim, Benjamin Mitchell, was killed.

    Mitchell, 22, was shot on Oct. 9 while waiting for a bus.

    'American Horror Story' motivates woman to murder grandfather

    The second victim was Monica Hoffa, 32. She was found dead in a vacant lot on Oct. 11.

    All three murders occurred within a mile of each other.

    So far, the only image police have released of a suspect is a grainy surveillance video of a person wearing a hooded shirt walking in the street.

    The Tampa Police Department is encouraging Seminole Heights residents to band together and refuse to be ?held hostage by whoever is doing this.?

    ?We need everyone to come out of their homes at night, turn on their porch lights and just not tolerate this type of terrorism in a neighborhood,? Dugan said.

    Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information in the case.
    GFM for Naiboa's family: https://www.gofundme.com/anthony-furries


    http://mydeathspace.com/article/2017...Tampa,_Florida

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    Scariest kind of all. Random killer
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    I thought the exact same thing. Poor Brennen Tammons.
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    I know, right? What the fuck, puke? Willing to take in Boston, an Irish dude and like, 17 dogs but not Ron? poor Ron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston Babe 73 View Post
    Scariest kind of all. Random killer
    Yep. The one victim took the wrong bus and just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. On the news tonight the Tampa police are telling locals that it is not safe to go outside by their selves, and to travel in pairs or groups. They are escorting school buses, and the bus routes for the city bus have been changed.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/report-...-killer-fears/

    Tampa cops monitor school bus stops amid serial killer fears

    Police in Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood monitored school bus stops Monday, while fanning across the area in search of a man they believe may be associated with as many as three murders in 11 days,

    The Tampa Police Department gave officers a list of bus stops in the neighborhood, as well as pick-up times, and vowed to keep watch over students, Tampa police spokesman Stephen Hegarty told CBS News.


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    The only thing that sucks is inducing panic is exactly what this guy wants and they're giving it to him. I get that they have to keep people safe, but he's getting the attention he wants at the same time.

    I'm not sure how going out in pairs or groups does anything. Just gives him more targets in one spot.
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    I thought the exact same thing. Poor Brennen Tammons.
    Oh well, back to gum.
    ....or exchanging Puke's wang for spicy nuts.
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    I know, right? What the fuck, puke? Willing to take in Boston, an Irish dude and like, 17 dogs but not Ron? poor Ron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston Babe 73 View Post
    The only thing that sucks is inducing panic is exactly what this guy wants and they're giving it to him. I get that they have to keep people safe, but he's getting the attention he wants at the same time.

    I'm not sure how going out in pairs or groups does anything. Just gives him more targets in one spot.
    I had the same thoughts.

    They're doing some kind of police conference for the citizens of Tampa tonight. I don't really know what additional info they are going to give them. I guess just trying to calm the panic, but as you said their directions caused some of the panic.


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    Compilation video of person of interest, released today by the Tampa PD:


    I wonder if they could try to narrow down the phones that were pinging on towers in the area at that time, and then start ruling people out?

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/26/us/tam...deo/index.html

    Tampa police released a new video on Thursday showing a "person of interest" seen running away from the first of three recent homicides that have baffled investigators and prompted fears of a serial killer.

    The grainy surveillance video, taken at different angles, shows the same person who was seen walking along a street in the historic Seminole Heights neighborhood in an earlier video released by police.
    "I've come up with four reasons why this person is running," interim Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan told reporters. "One, they may be late for dinner. Two, they're out exercising. Three, they heard gunshots and, number four, they just murdered Benjamin Mitchell."

    The 22-year-old Mitchell became the first victim when he was shot and killed in front of his home on October 9.
    Dugan said the person in the video is not considered a suspect in the string of shootings that have residents of Seminole Heights on edge.

    "He may have seen something or heard something," the chief said of the person, who is seen flipping what appears to be a cellphone in their right hand while walking.

    "That might be a habit of this person," Dugan said of the phone flip. "At this point, everything is a clue, everything is a speculation."

    In the video, the person is seen walking in one direction, then running the opposite way seconds after Mitchell was shot.

    "We believe this person has ties to this neighborhood and we want to speak to them," Dugan said.

    Police have been swarming the Tampa neighborhood amid fears that a serial killer could be on the prowl.

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said officials don't have many leads on who is behind the three shootings. Nor do authorities have a motive for the seemingly random acts, he said.


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    Just wondering... How many killings does it take to be identified as a Serial Killer verses murderer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by More Cowbelle View Post
    Just wondering... How many killings does it take to be identified as a Serial Killer verses murderer?
    Three. But a serial killer is usually defined by murders that happen over a longer span of time, at least a month. I guess this guy is more on a killing spree (but not a spree killer, that has other specific defining characteristics).

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    Here are the FBs I was able to find for two of the victims.

    Monica Hoffa: https://www.facebook.com/mhoffa?fref=mentions
    Anthony Naiboa: https://www.facebook.com/DivineFirefox

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    http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/lo...sing-dead-pets

    Residents send out warning to Seminole Heights community about missing, dead pets

    Since Oct. 9 three people have been senselessly murdered in Seminole Heights. As Tampa police search for their killer residents say their pets have disappeared or ended up dead under strange circumstances.

    With few clues and no suspect information residents are even more concerned for their safety.

    JJ Rivera told ABC Action News that she worries someone is killing pets in the neighborhood as well. Rivera waited to make a post on Facebook because she didn’t want to seem insensitive to the three people gunned down over the course of 11 days. But, when Rivera had 3 cats go missing or die in three weeks she decided it was time to make a post.

    “I do want to raise the awareness,” Rivera said. “There’s something going on in the neighborhood, not sure what it is, I hope it’s not connected. But, something is happening and we all are a little worried.”

    Tampa police confirmed they received a call for a decapitated cat on Oct. 10. The responding officer wrote in his report that the cat appeared to be decapitated but on closer inspection noticed the head was “folded” under it’s body. This call came into the police department a day after the first person, Benjamin Mitchell, was killed and before the other two murders.

    Rivera said at the time she just thought a cat died and was thrown in her neighbors yard. Then, she found one of her cats dead and two others have gone missing since the beginning of October.

    “I would never put a cats life against a person’s life,” Rivera said. I hope it’s not connected…when you start hearing and seeing so many more people are coming up yes I have cats yes there are cats in front of the house that are no longer here… we are all a little worried.”

    Tampa police said the smallest detail could help catch the Seminole Heights shooter.

    The FBI now counts acts of cruelty against animals along alongside felony crimes like arson, burglary, assault, and homicide in the FBI’s expansive criminal database.

    According to their website:
    “The National Sheriffs’ Association was a leading advocate for adding animal cruelty as a data set in the Bureau’s collection of crime statistics. The association for years has cited studies linking animal abuse and other types of crimes—most famously, murders committed by serial killers like Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and the “Son of Sam” killer David Berkowitz. The organization also points out the overlap animal abuse has with domestic violence and child abuse.


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    Poor people, poor kitties. Hope they figure out wtf is going on before they kill again.

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    I live in Tampa. The shit is crazy because it's so random ...I still don't think he's been caught but the found a woman dead in st Pete too around the same time. Really creepy...I found out too that a couple of blocks away from my house a son killed his mom on her birthday this was after it happened but it explained all the police that was in the area at the time..a dad killed his daughter too in my area..they keeps it real quiet here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hijadelamuerte View Post
    I live in Tampa. The shit is crazy because it's so random ...I still don't think he's been caught but the found a woman dead in st Pete too around the same time. Really creepy...I found out too that a couple of blocks away from my house a son killed his mom on her birthday this was after it happened but it explained all the police that was in the area at the time..a dad killed his daughter too in my area..they keeps it real quiet here
    That's terrible about the other two murders by you.

    I find nothing scarier than some random killer. It could be anyone at anytime for any reason. Just terrifying.
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    Oh well, back to gum.
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    I know, right? What the fuck, puke? Willing to take in Boston, an Irish dude and like, 17 dogs but not Ron? poor Ron.

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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime...id=mailsignout

    Potential Fourth Victim of Tampa Serial Killer Found

    A murder on Tuesday morning in Tampa, Fla., is being treated by police as the latest in a string of killings believed to be carried out by a serial killer.

    The victim, an adult male, was shot just blocks from a memorial honoring three people who were killed within days of one another in the neighborhood of Seminole Heights.

    Tampa Police Department Public Information Officer Steve Hegarty told NBC News it is not known if the death is connected to the three October murders, but said it will be treated as such until authorities can rule it out.

    As police scoured the area for a suspect, residents were told to lock their doors and stay in place.

    At approximately 5 a.m. on Tuesday, police patrolling the area received a call of shots fired and were at the scene within a minute, police said.


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    A 60-year-old man was shot and killed Tuesday morning in Tampa's Seminole Heights area, the fourth such death in what police say is a string of unsolved killings in that neighborhood within the past month.

    "It is all in the probably 10-block, 15-block area," Mayor Bob Buckhorn told CNN sister network HLN. "And so we're just going to do our good police work and hopefully get a break."
    Ronald Felton was shot in the back while crossing the street just before 5 a.m., police said.

    A witness provided a description of the suspect, police Chief Brian Dugan said. "When I spoke to her, she said if our officer had been five seconds earlier, he would have been able to stop it," he said.

    Dugan described the suspect as a black male between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches with a thin build and a light complexion. He was wearing all black and a black baseball cap and armed with a large black pistol, police said. Police said they believe the suspect also lives in the same neighborhood as the shootings.

    The killings have vexed investigators, who remain desperate for clues.
    Latest victim, Ron Felton:


    Dugan asked residents to check on their own firearms to see if any weapons have gone missing.

    "If you own a gun and it's in your home, I want you to go to your gun and find out if it's still there," he said. "Verify it's where it's supposed to be, and if it's not, we need you to call us."

    Dugan said on Tuesday afternoon that this latest killing was a little "bolder" than the previous ones, as it took place on a major street that was well-lit. Police searched yards, sheds and crawl spaces, but did not find the suspect, leaving police in a bit of a "stalemate," Dugan said.

    Last month, officials said they were not calling the suspect a serial killer.

    "We're not using the word 'serial killer' yet because we just don't have enough evidence," Buckhorn said. "We're not afraid of that word -- if we think that that's true, we'll be happy to say it. But we've got to connect the dots."


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    This is scary.
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    So much for my last post I guess.

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    I was over there today. The new reward was plastered on digital billboards all along the interstate, and was all over the news on TV's in restaurants.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...leased-n821581

    Tampa serial shooter: Reward hiked after new video released

    The reward for information leading to the gunman behind a string of killings in Tampa, Florida, was hiked to $100,000 on Thursday as police beefed up patrols in the targeted neighborhood and sifted through a mountain of tips.

    A suspect has already been caught on video twice. The chilling footage captured near two of the four fatal shootings shows a tall, thin man in a hooded jacket or sweatshirt walking nonchalantly down the street with a distinctive gait.
    I tried, and failed, to get the video to embed. It is at the link above.


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    This man was on his way to volunteer at a food bank to feed the homeless when he was gunned down.

    http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/semin...rief/495126785

    Family of Seminole Heights murder victim carry heavy burden of funeral costs


    For the past two weeks, the Felton family has been overwhelmed by forces and emotions ranging from love and support to grief and frustration.

    It’s what you can feel all at once when a loved one is violently stolen from your life.

    It’s what Reginald and Gloria Felton feel every single day.

    Reginald’s twin brother, Ronald, was the fourth person in five weeks to be gunned down in Southeast Seminole Heights. Police have not been able to find the killer.

    Adding to the heartache and sorrow Reginald and Gloria feel is the burden of funeral costs for Ronald, who did not carry life insurance.

    "We still have a balance, and we would appreciate if we could get any donations," said sister-in-law Gloria Felton, who also pleaded for the community to turn in the killer. "Somebody out there knows who he is.

    "They know him."

    Donations should be made to Aikens Funeral Home at 2708 E. Dr. MLK Blvd. in Tampa, c/o Ronald Felton.


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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    This man was on his way to volunteer at a food bank to feed the homeless when he was gunned down.

    http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/semin...rief/495126785

    Family of Seminole Heights murder victim carry heavy burden of funeral costs
    FFS.
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    I know, right? What the fuck, puke? Willing to take in Boston, an Irish dude and like, 17 dogs but not Ron? poor Ron.

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    https://www.facebook.com/tampabaynew...5995105230409/

    Tampa Police questioning person, have gun that may be related to Seminole Heights murders
    Chief optimistic it's related to Seminole Heights

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    Oops the rest...

    TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa police are currently questioning a person after they responded to a tip about someone with a gun at an Ybor City McDonald's on Tuesday afternoon.

    During a 5 p.m. news conference, Tampa police chief Brian Dugan said he was "optimistic" that the situation was related to the Seminole Heights killer.

    ABC Action News cameras were rolling as the person was taken into custody earlier today.

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    http://www.tampabay.com/news/publics...oyee_163084698

    A McDonald’s employee handed a manager a gun Tuesday afternoon and then left the Ybor City restaurant to visit an Amscot, a coworker said.

    When the employee returned, Tampa police were waiting. They took him to headquarters to ask about the gun and were soon proclaiming optimism about the ongoing hunt for the Seminole Heights serial killer.

    "We have the person down at headquarters and we are talking to them now," Police Chief Brian Dugan said at a hastily called news conference. "They are not under arrest and they are not in custody."

    But, he added, "Yes, I believe this has to do with Seminole Heights."

    Officers blocked off a red Ford Mustang, with the license plate AJB Y06, parked near the McDonald’s.

    Hillsborough County court records show that two people have had traffic tickets while driving that vehicle: Howell E. Donaldson, 52, and Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, 24. Neither man has a criminal arrest record in Florida, state records show.


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    Tampa police seize gun, question McDonald's employee

    The unexplained killings began Oct. 9 with the shooting of Benjamin Mitchell, 22. About two days later, Monica Hoffa, 32, was shot. On Oct. 19, Anthony Naiboa, 20, was gunned down. And Ronald Felton, 60, was killed Nov. 14.

    Dugan said police received more than 5,000 tips, and they?re treating this one like any other.

    He?s optimistic, he said, because of "the way things are progressing."

    "We?ve had that before and unfortunately, it?s led to nothing," Dugan said. "I?m guarded because I?ve been on this road before. It?s day 51 that we?ve been doing this. It?s been two weeks since Ronald Felton was murdered. It?s been a long time for the families and the cops and so I?m guarded on the whole thing but I?m very optimistic.

    "There?s a lot to go through, a lot to sift through and it?s going to take many things to fall in line."

    Gail Rogers, who has worked at the McDonald?s for four years, said the employee police took in for questioning is in his 20s and was driving the red car, possibly his father?s car. He has worked at the restaurant for just four months, she said.

    Rogers said the man walked into the restaurant wearing his McDonald?s uniform and gave the manager a loaded 9mm handgun and asked him to hold it for him. Then the man walked to Amscot to get a payday loan, Rogers said. She does not know if he was working that day.

    The manager didn?t know what to do with the gun. Rogers said she huddled with the manager and said she told him to alert an officer inside the restaurant. A female officer was sitting there doing paperwork.

    The manager told the officer about the gun. The officer called for backup and the employee was approached by Tampa police as he walked back into the McDonald?s parking lot.

    As word of the police activity spread, one victim?s relative came to the McDonald?s.

    "I just want to see what?s going on," said Casimar Naiboa, whose son was killed.

    "I want to know what is happening. I want to see this guy behind bars."

    Naiboa expressed cautious optimism.

    "You are excited, but don?t want to be disappointed," he said.

    Bettie McDaniels, the aunt of murder victim Benjamin Mitchell, said she is "waiting for police to say they really got him" before making any major statement.

    "I hope it is him, but I am waiting to see," she said. "I just hope it is the Lord?s will that they catch him," she said.

    Kenny Hoffa, father of murder victim Monica Hoffa, said he had spoken with Dugan and Det. Austin Hill and that they told him they were "optimistic" that the man picked up at McDonald?s is connected to the killing of his daughter.

    "I have faith in Tampa police and Chief Dugan," said Hoffa, 52. "I am just going to wait and see what they have to say."

    "I am nervous, and I really, I want this to be the end of this, " he said. "It is like riding a roller coaster right before you go over the edge and you feel your stomach raise up in your face."
    http://www.tampabay.com/news/publics...oyee_163084698

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    I am really having trouble posting today, here is the rest of that article that didn't copy through...

    TAMPA ? A McDonald?s employee handed a manager a gun Tuesday afternoon and then left the Ybor City restaurant to visit an Amscot, a coworker said.

    When the employee returned, Tampa police were waiting. They took him to headquarters to ask about the gun and were soon proclaiming optimism about the ongoing hunt for the Seminole Heights serial killer.

    "We have the person down at headquarters and we are talking to them now," Police Chief Brian Dugan said at a hastily called news conference. "They are not under arrest and they are not in custody."

    Dugan did not characterize the agency?s interest in the man, who was not identified by police. The chief did not say whether the man was believed to have direct or indirect knowledge of the killings or any knowledge at all.

    But, he added, "Yes, I believe this has to do with Seminole Heights."

    Officers used crime scene tape to block off a red Ford Mustang parked near the McDonald?s.

    Hillsborough County court records show that two people have had traffic tickets while driving that vehicle, including one who worked at the McDonald?s. He has no criminal record in Florida.

    Late Tuesday, two police SUVs closed part of a Sulphur Springs street where the man?s family owns a boarded up house. Additional officers arrived as the night went on.

    "It?s very early in the investigation," Dugan said at the news conference. "This person might be completely innocent," he said. "I?m optimistic on this one, but only time will tell. We have a lot of work to do. It?s very important that people still use caution, stay together when you?re outside and be careful out there. It?s still very early and when we have more information, I will release it."

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