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Tampa serial killer arrested

Howell Emanuel Donaldson, 24, charged with four counts of first-degree murder

CNN - Police say the manhunt for a serial killer in Tampa, Florida is over.

They say out of thousands of tips, just one brought the terrifying ordeal to an end.

"We're bringing someone to justice who doesn't deserve the right to walk amongst us," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

Howell Emanuel Donaldson, 24, is now in police custody, charged with four counts of first-degree murder.

Police in Tampa, Florida, detaining Donaldson at the McDonald's where he worked, after he handed a gun to a manager, who then alerted an officer in the restaurant.

"We received some information about Mr. Donaldson having a firearm at the McDonald's. we had said all along that no tip is too small and somebody stepped forward and gave us what we needed," said Chief Brian Dugan, Tampa Police Department.

Donaldson is accused of fatally shooting four people in the Seminole heights area of Tampa over the last two months.

"We're not sure why he was in this neighborhood. we're not aware of what his ties are and we don't know what his motive is," said Chief Dugan.

October ninth, the first victim, Benjamin Mitchell, 22, was shot and killed in front of his home.

Authorities, releasing surveillance footage of a person running near the scene of the crime, images of a man they called their suspect.

October 13th, the body of Monica Hoffa is discovered in a vacant parking lot, less than a mile away.

October 19th, Anthony Naiboa is gunned down after taking the wrong bus home. 

The 20-year-old had Autism and had just graduated from high school.

Just two weeks ago, Ronald Felton, 60, was murdered while walking to a local church to help feed the homeless

A terrified and grieving community, breathing a sigh of relief, now that the accused killer is behind bars.

"Tonight is the beginning of when justice will be served. And then the process will occur, when this individual rots in hell,"said Mayor Buckhorn.

Donaldson is expected to make his first court appearance on Thursday.

Meanwhile, we're also learning that Donaldson graduated from Saint John's University in New York Cit, earlier this year.

The school also says he was a walk-on member of the Saint John's men's basketball team for one season, but did not appear in a game.

 


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