Tampa Serial Killer: Three People Murdered In Seminole Heights Neighborhood, Killer On The Loose
Tampa police are warning residents in the city’s Seminole Heights neighborhood not to walk alone at night after a series of shootings left three people dead. The three victims, including Anthony Taino Naiboa, a 20-year-old autistic man, were shot to death on three different nights over the course of the past ten days.
According to Fox News, Naiboa was shot and killed on October 19, just minutes after he got off the wrong bus, in the Seminole Heights district. Police reportedly heard the gunshots, but the gunman was nowhere in sight when they discovered Naiboa’s body.
During one of several news conferences, Tampa police say the elusive suspect is “terrorizing” the Seminole Heights neighborhood. Just seven days before Naiboa was shot and killed, city workers reportedly found the body of Monica Caridad Hoffa, 32, in a parking lot located a few thousand feet from where Taino was murdered.
On October 9, four days before Hoffa’s body was found, police discovered the body of Benjamin Mitchell, 22, who was shot to death approximately 100 yards from where the most recent victim, Anthony Taino Naiboa was found shot to death.
The Tampa police have yet to officially call the shooter a serial killer, but they have confirmed there is “no clear connection” between the victims. Information as to a motive and whether the bullets used in all three shootings were fired from the same gun has not been released.
The Tampa Bay Times reported that Interim Police Chief Brian Dugan is asking residents for “awareness and assistance” and warned against walking alone at night.
”This is, you know, very frustrating. I go from frustration to anger on these unsolved homicides. And now, we have someone who is terrorizing the neighborhood. It’s just difficult to see this happen.”
"We're asking anyone with surveillance video in the area where the homicides occurred to contact us" – I/C Dugan pic.twitter.com/XaldqDiUd1
— TampaPD (@TampaPD) October 17, 2017
Police have few clues about who the killer is, but they are hoping surveillance video (below) will lead to more information about the case. The man in the video was spotted near the location of the first shooting.
Authorities state they are “not sure” if the person in the video is the shooter, but they want residents to share the video and call the Tampa Police department at 1-800-873-8477 with any tips about the case.
“We’re not sure if that is him. We just want to know who he is and see what information he may have for us.”
On Saturday, Tamp police tweeted that a $25,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the person who murdered three Seminole Heights residents.
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