Man arrested for Florida serial killings played basketball at St. John's

Violet Powell
November 30, 2017

After several hours of questioning, Donaldson was charged with four counts of murder.

After graduating from college, Donaldson worked in customer support at the Ultimate Medical Academy, a school that trains workers for health care jobs. The manager alerted an on duty police officer dining inside the restaurant at the time, who called for back up. The Mets would neither confirm nor deny that he was employed by them.

"We said all along that no tip is too small and somebody stepped forward and gave us what we needed", Dugan said.

Police have previously said the shootings were linked by proximity and time frame and could be the work of a serial killer. "Today the light shines".

He said the arrest announcement would generate more questions than answers, but promised more updates in the case Wednesday.

Donaldson was a crew chief at the McDonald's when he was arrested.

Police received a tip around 2:40 p.m. that a patron at a Ybor City McDonald's had a gun in a bag inside the restaurant.

Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan center along with Mayor Bob Buckhorn right announce that they intend to charge Howell Emanuel Donaldson 24 with four counts of first degree murder in connection with the Seminole Heights homicides Tuesday Nov. 28 20

Citing the arrest affidavit, ABC Action News reported police found clothing inside Donaldson's vehicle in the McDonald's parking lot that "looked similar" to clothes worn by a person seen on surveillance footage on the night of one of the murder.

"The person who called us, I can not thank them enough for standing up and doing the right thing", the chief said. "This community begins the healing process".

Donaldson bought the gun and a 20-round box of bullets from Shooter's World in Tampa on October 3. Each of the murders was within 10 blocks of each other in the neighborhood of southeast Seminole Heights.

Donaldson told police after his arrest that he purchased the Glock firearm on October 3 and picked it up four days later, when he also bought ammunition, WTSP reported, citing the affidavit.

Benjamin Mitchell, 22, was the first to be killed in the area.

The third victim was 20-year-old Anthony Naiboa, who was killed on 19 October at approximately 8pm. Police said 60-year-old Ronald Felton was crossing the street when someone shot him from behind.

The four killings happened within a month, all of the victims were alone when they were shot.

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