Seminole Heights murder victim's uncle speaks after arrest of suspect Howell Donaldson

  • Seminole Heights murder victim's uncle speaks after arrest of suspect Howell Donaldson

Seminole Heights murder victim's uncle speaks after arrest of suspect Howell Donaldson

Richard Gonzmart, the owner of the Columbia restaurant group, pledged a $9,000 award for a tip that led to an arrest in the Seminole Heights murders.

The 24-year-old Donaldson arrived at McDonald's-his place of employment-on Tuesday and asked his manager to hold a loaded, semiautomatic pistol for him while he went to Amscot to get a payday loan.

Police have said they believe the incident is connected to the recent murders in the Seminole Heights neighborhood, although they haven't said why. "Well tonight, goodness has won ... tonight is the beginning of when justice will be served". Tampa police released a surveillance video of Felton's killer walking around before the murder.

"You know, 51 days ago, I said this was a struggle between good and evil", said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn during Tuesday's news conference.

Detective Austin Hill wrote in a police report that Donaldson told investigators "no one, except for himself had control of the Glock firearm since his purchase". "Our state is home to the world's best law enforcement community, and on behalf of all Floridians, we appreciate their bravery and service", Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement.

Mitchell's death was followed by the killings of Monica Hoffa on October 11, Anthony Taino Naiboa on October 19, and Ronald Felton on November 14.

Residents and police had been on edge since October 9, when 22-year-old Benjamin Mitchell was shot to death.

There was then a gap of nearly a month before the next killing - the slaying of 60-year-old Ronald Felton in the early hours of 14 November.

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"I am overjoyed right now".

Donaldson graduated from St. John's University this year.

Robert Hoffa, the uncle of victim Monica Hoffa, said he was "overjoyed" when Tampa police called him to say they had made an arrest. No further information was provided about Donaldson.

Four people have been killed in the neighborhood since October 9.

Police increased their presence in the area, patrolling every street at all hours.

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.

Tampa police were assisted by several other agencies including ATF, FBI, Florida Highway Patrol and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.