Tampa, Florida – The Tampa Police Department has announced they have arrested and charged a suspect in the serial killings that saw four people murdered in a neighborhood since October.
The police posted on Twitter that Howell Donaldson III, 24, will face charges in connection to the four murders in the Seminole Heights neighborhood.
Crime Stoppers had offered a reward up to $100,000 for information on the serial killer.
Police acted on a tip that someone had a gun at a McDonald’s in Tampa’s Ybor City neighborhood, Police Chief Brian Dugan told reporters.
Police didn’t release any additional information about Donaldson, according to NBCNews.com. Chief Dugan said the charging documents were still being drafted but said he thought Donaldson may have worked at the McDonald’s at some point.
Florida records showed that Donaldson has no criminal past other than a handful of traffic citations, according to NBCNews.com
“Tonight, goodness has won,” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said. “Tonight in the battle between darkness and light, light has won.”
In October, Buckhorn made news when he told the Tampa police to “bring his head to me” during the search for the serial killer.
The serial killings began in October in the Seminole Heights neighborhood. Police didn’t say how they connected Donaldson to the killings. The killings took place between Oct. 9 and Nov. 14.
According to NBC News, Benjamin Mitchell, 22, was shot while he was waiting for a bus on Oct. 9. Monica Hoffa, 32, was found dead in a vacant lot on Oct. 13. Anthony Naiboa, 20, was killed Oct, 19 while he was out walking. Ronald Felton, 60, was found dead Nov. 14 near the scene of a memorial honoring the first three victims.