Florida ‘serial killing’ suspect Donaldson arrested

Florida 'serial killing' suspect Donaldson arrested

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City of Tampa

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The authorities have released the driver’s license image of Mr Robinson taken in 2010

Police in Florida say they have arrested a man suspected of the serial killings of four people since the beginning of October.

Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, 24, was being questioned on Tuesday afternoon after he was allegedly seen at a McDonald’s restaurant with a gun.

He has strongly denied four counts of first-degree murder, reports say.

The killings terrorised people living in the Seminole Heights area of Tampa with many not walking there after dark.

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Memorials in honour of the victims have appeared throughout parts of Tampa

Mr Donaldson is alleged to have shot:

  • Benjamin Mitchell, 22, a musician, killed on 9 October while waiting at a bus stop
  • Monica Hoffa, 32. a waitress, killed on 11 October while walking to meet a friend
  • Anthony Naiboa, 20, a mild autism sufferer, killed on 19 October while walking home from work
  • Ronald Felton, 60, killed on 14 November

All the dead were either boarding or disembarking from a city bus, officials say.

Police believe the gunman chose his victims at random and a motive is still unclear.

Officers said last month that there was “no doubt” some of the murders were linked.

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Police say the murders are probably linked due to their proximity and time frame

They say that they heard the gunshots that killed Mr Naiboa, but the suspect fled before they arrived on the scene.

The FBI have helped local police in the investigation.

As a consequence of the killings local police have accompanied students to bus stops, while protesters have held reclaim-the-streets demonstrations.

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