Chief Brian Dugan Announces Arrest in Seminole Heights Murders

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Howell Donaldson III

This driver's license photo of Howell Donaldson III was taken in 2010

Watch a replay of the press conference announcing the arrest of Howell Donaldson III here on YouTube 


DEFENDANT: Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, 24 (DOB: 1/26/93)

CHARGES: Four counts of murder

LOCATION: Donaldson was detained at the McDonald's restaurant at 2101 E 13th Avenue

DATE/TIME: Tampa Police were alerted to the suspect at approximately 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.


At approximately 2:40 p.m. a community member at the McDonald's restaurant contacted a Tampa Police officer and notified the officer that a man in the restaurant had a firearm in a bag. The officer checked inside the bag and called for backup.

TPD detained the man who brought the firearm into the restaurant - later determined to be Howell Donaldson - and brought him to TPD headquarters for questioning. After several hours, TPD had enough information to charge Donaldson with all four of the homicides that have occurred in the Seminole Heights area.

As this is being written, TPD detectives are still working on the case and the investigation continues. TPD will schedule a news conference Wednesday morning to provide more details.



Monday, October 9, Benjamin Mitchell, 22 was killed at approximately 9 p.m.

Wednesday, October 11, Monica Hoffa, 32, was shot. Her body was found on October 13.

Thursday, October 19, Anthony Naiboa, 20, was shot at approximately 8 p.m.

Tuesday, November 14, Ronald Felton, 60, was shot at approximately 4:51 a.m.

Tuesday, November 28, Howell Emanuel Donaldson III was arrested and charged with each of the murders.



Steve Hegarty

Tampa Police PIO