A dragnet in the city of Tampa came to an end late Tuesday after police arrested a man who will face murder charges in connection with four killings that terrorized the neighborhood of Seminole Heights and sparked fears of a serial killer.
Howell Donaldson III was arrested at a McDonald’s restaurant in Ybor City, based on a tip given to Tampa police, FOX 13 Tampa reported. He will face murder charges in connection with all four killings, Stephen Hegarty, the Tampa Police Department’s public safety information coordinator, told Fox News.
Police believe Donaldson, 24, acted alone, Hegarty said.
Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said earlier in the day he was “optimistic” that the Ybor City investigation could be connected to the Seminole Heights killings.
“I think when I found out there was a gun and when I found out his description it’s a little more than what we had,” he said at a news conference. ‘”I kind of felt we were going to get a break.”
Dugan said Wednesday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America” authorities still don’t have a motive for a string of shootings, and asked for help from the public as they try to learn more about the suspect.
The chief added he’s spoken to Donaldson, who he said was “pretty non-responsive” and subdued. Dugan said Donaldson hasn’t admitted to the shootings, but did admit to owning a gun he took into a McDonald’s shortly before being taken into custody. full story