ELIZABETH ELIZALDE, KATE FELDMAN, NICOLE HENSLEY and STEPHEN REX BROWN
Nov 29th 2017 6:33AM
A suspected serial killer who terrorized Tampa for nearly two months attended St. John’s University.
Howell (Trai) Donaldson III, 24, is accused of shooting four people to death between Oct. 9 and Nov. 14 in the city’s Seminole Heights neighborhood.
He was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon at the McDonald’s where he worked as an crew leader near the neighborhood he allegedly victimized, according to police.
The Tampa Bay Times reported that Donaldson handed a manager a bag while he got a payday loan. The manager alerted an officer doing paperwork inside the fast food joint that there was a handgun inside.
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The officer looked at the Smith and Wesson .40 inside and called for backup just before 3 p.m.
Donaldson was charged with four counts of premeditated murder and booked into the Hillsborough County jail at around 3 a.m. Tuesday.
Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan expressed gratitude to the the fast food tipster.
“We got a break. Somebody stepped up and did the right thing,” the chief said.