Tampa police say trail getting hotter in Seminole Heights killings

Tampa police say trail getting hotter in Seminole Heights killings

Tampa police on Wednesday showed two videos of a man they suspect may be a serial killer who is feared to have murdered four people in the past two months in a string of nighttime attacks.

The suspect is a black man, about 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall with a thin build. Dugan said he has a "unique walk" and posture in both videos. The persons walk and demeanor matches video taken October 9, the night Benjamin Mitchell, 22, the first victim, was killed.

Dugan said that person in the videos may not have committed the murders, but added: "If they didn't do it, they know something".

The normally quiet, working-class Seminole Heights section of bungalows and palm trees was sealed off with yellow crime-scene tape Tuesday after the latest killing in the neighborhood — a 60-year-old man who was shot from behind as he crossed a street shortly after 5 a.m.

- There's renewed fervor in the investigation into three killings in SE Seminole Heights after a fourth person became a victim early Tuesday morning.

They're offering a reward of up to $91,000 leading to the killer or killers arrest. Dugan says the suspect may have snuck up on Felton and conceded there might be more than one person involved. He was wearing all black and a black baseball cap and armed with a large black pistol, police said. Police said Felton, a construction worker, and father of three adult children, was crossing the street when a man dressed in all black came up behind him and shot him. "You're ripping families apart and we're not able to grieve like we should grieve and just move forward and move on with it", Dupree said.

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"Finding this killer is a community effort", Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said in a statement Thursday.

The police department is working on a serial killer theory.

The string of unsolved killings began October 9 with the shooting death of Mitchell.

Early on, police released pixelated photos of a person of interest, a slender individual wearing trousers and a hooded windbreaker who was initially seen walking near one of the crime scenes and then picking up the pace to a sprint. A city employee found her body two days afterward in a vacant parking lot half a mile from where Mitchell died.

Two days later, Monica Hoffa (left) was also shot after getting off a bus. And on October 19, Anthony Naiboa, 20, was killed after taking the wrong bus home from his new job.

Previously, officers didn't have much to go on other than a grainy video of a person running near one of the crime scenes.

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