TAMPA POLICE RELEASE ADDITIONAL VIDEO IN SEMINOLE HEIGHTS HOMICIDES

11/15/17

Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan today released new video that shows person walking near the scene of the fatal shooting of Ronald Felton on Tuesday morning, which looks strikingly similar to the person in a video taken before the October 9 shooting death of Benjamin Mitchell.

The similarities led Chief Dugan on Wednesday to declare the person in the video to be a suspect in four recent homicides in the Seminole Heights area.

Chief Dugan also announced that the reward money had increased significantly.

The video posted on the TPD You Tube channel (https://goo.gl/Lh6Hhk) begins with a portion of the earlier video showing a person walking near the site of the Oct. 9 homicide. The person in the video is wearing a distinctive hoodie. Though it appears to be a light-colored hoodie or jacket, detectives point out that the colors are misleading. Dark colors often appear as light colors in night video. That Oct. 9 video includes a portion in color from a different camera, which clearly shows the person's hoodie to be a dark color.

Then the video shows a clip from a November 14 video taken near the scene of the Tuesday morning murder. The person in the video looks similar to the person in the earlier video, and once again the hoodie appears to be a light color in the night video. But we know from the earlier night video that the colors are misleading. Witnesses who saw the shooter Tuesday morning described him as wearing all dark clothing.

After the shooting, TPD received more than 450 tips, with the total number of tips now over 2,300. Roughly two dozen detectives are going through hours and hours of surveillance video.

The reward money has increased significantly because on Wednesday the FBI put up an additional $50,000. The total amount from our law enforcement partners is now $85,000, and that is the amount that will be advertised on Crime Stopper billboards. The law enforcement partners include Crime Stoppers, FDLE, ATF, and the FBI.

 In addition, the community has raised more than $6,000, including funds from a fundraiser held at the Brew Bus, a donation from the Southeast Seminole Heights Civic Association, and a donation from Liberty Property Management.

Chief Dugan emphasized that TPD needs to identify the person in the video. Anyone with any information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873 (TIPS).

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