The McDonald's manager who tipped off Tampa police to a suspect in the Seminole Heights serial killer case will get her reward money.
Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, 24, was arrested on November 29 for a string of killings in Tampa's residential Seminole Heights neighborhood, after he asked a coworker at the McDonald's where he was employed to hold on to a bag that contained the gun allegedly used in the killings. Donaldson was arrested by Tampa Police at a McDonald's in Ybor City after he brought the loaded gun, a.40-caliber Glock, to his job at the restaurant and asked a co-worker to hold it.
A criminal affidavit indicates that the pistol was used in four fatal shootings in Seminole Heights. "She will receive every penny of that", said Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan.
They have not seen Howard Donaldson, who goes by the nickname Trai, since he was arrested, Rosita Donaldson said, adding that he does not have the "personality" to have committed these crimes.
The suspect, Howell Donaldson, 24, worked for Walker at McDonald's. Dugan said the department had received "over 5,000 tips" since the murders began 51 days ago.
Walker said in a statement that she never expected to receive a reward and that she just "wanted to do the right thing". Officials say ballistics tests linked the murders to Donaldson's gun.
Buckhorn read a statement Friday during a news conference from Walker. During the interview, his parents both offered condolences to the victims' families, and expressed support for their son.
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"I called him the killer to his face", Rogers said.
Howard Donaldson is being held without bond in a Hillsborough County jail until his court hearing on Tuesday.
Two days after Mitchell was shot, Monica Hoffa, 32, was gunned down. And on October 19, Anthony Naiboa, 20, was killed after taking the wrong bus home from his new job.
All of the October victims were either getting on or off a city bus or were at a bus stop when they were shot, police said.
There was then a gap of nearly a month before the next killing - 60-year-old Ronald Felton in the early hours of 14 November.
Their son is accused of murdering four people and terrorizing a Tampa neighborhood. "All four murders were related with no apparent motive".