Man arrested in connection with string of killings in Tampa

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A man was arrested at a Florida McDonald's in connection with the recent string of homicides in Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood, police said late-Tuesday night.
Tampa Police Department Chief Brian Dugan identified the suspect as Howell Donaldson III.
"Tonight is the beginning of when justice will be served," Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said. "And then the process will occur when this individual will rot in hell.
"Tonight we are bringing someone to justice who does not deserve the right to walk among us," Buckhorn continued.
Donaldson, 24, will be charged with four counts of first-degree murder, police said. Authorities said they still have no motive in the slayings and are unsure of his connection to the Seminole Heights neighborhood.
Mayor Buckhorn told “Good Morning America” today that residents of the traumatized neighborhood "can rest comfortably" now that the suspected serial killer is in custody.
“This was a good night last night thanks to the work of the Tampa Police department and all of our partners and chief Dugan,” he said. “The folks in Seminole Heights, we think, can rest comfortably that this individual is in custody and now the process starts moving forward. But it’s a good day in Tampa.”
A witness at the McDonald's told police that Donaldson handed them a bag with a loaded .40-caliber Glock firearm inside, according to a police affidavit, and said he planned to leave the state.
Donaldson purchased the firearm six days before the first killing on Oct. 9, according to the affidavit.
An analysis by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) of cartridge casings found at the crime scenes matched the .40-caliber Glock handgun, according to police.
Also, Donaldson’s cellphone was geographically associated with a cell tower near each homicide location within minutes of the killings on Oct. 9, Oct. 11 and Oct. 19, the affidavit said.
"Chief Dugan credits arrest in series of Seminole Heights murders to hard work of officers, federal partners, and community members," the Tampa Police Department tweeted. 
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