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Authorities arrest former St. Johns Basketball player in connection with Tampa serial killings

November 29, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Authorities arrest former St. Johns Basketball player in connection with Tampa serial killings

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Police arrest 24-year-old former St. Johns Basketball player in connection with Tampa serial killings

Authorities arrested a former St. Johns Basketball player late Tuesday, who officials say will be charged with murder in a string of serial killings that have terrorized a neighborhood of Tampa.

Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan announced at a news conference that Howell Emanuel Donaldson, 24, would be charged with four counts of first-degree murder.

University sources told the New York Post that Donaldson, a graduate of Alonso High School in Tampa, was a walk-on player for the St. Johns Red Storm in the 2011-12 season.

Donaldson’s Linkedin account states he graduated with a degree in sports management from St. Johns in 2015.

 

According to KIRO7, Police detained Donaldson earlier Tuesday after a tip that he had a gun at a McDonald’s restaurant.

Donaldson is accused of embarking on a serial murder spree that kept residents and police had been on edge since Oct. 9, when 22-year-old Benjamin Mitchell was gunned down.

Two days later, 32-year-old Monica Hoffa, was shot to death followed by the Oct. 19th fatal shooting of 20-year-old Anthony Naiboa, 20, was killed after taking the wrong bus as he returned home from his new job.

The most recent killing occurred on Nov. 14, when 60-year-old Ronald Felton was shot and killed.

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.

Dugan said the department had received more than 5,000 tips. He thanked those who called in the tip that led to Donaldson’s arrest. No further information was provided about Donaldson.

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