Published: Sun, October 22, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Possible Serial Killer 'Terrorizing' Tampa Neighborhood

Possible Serial Killer 'Terrorizing' Tampa Neighborhood

The latest slaying occurred Thursday night when Anthony Naiboa, a 20-year-old man with autism, was killed in the southeast Seminole Heights neighborhood while on his way home from work, according to the Tampa Police Department.

HART has also shut down bus stops in the area of the shootings on 15th Street between Hillsborough Avenue and MLK. The body of Monica Hoffa was discovered on October 13 a few blocks away in a vacant lot on East New Orleans Avenue.

Fox News reported that police released surveillance footage showing an individual walking in the vicinity of the most recent crime scene and are hoping it will help identify a suspect in the case. Three the first time, she said, and one gunshot Thursday night.

As a result of the first two murders, Tampa police had already saturated the neighborhood.

"He was in the prime of his life and was taken instantly", said Chief Dugan during a news conference on Friday morning.

Naiboa's mother, Maria Rodriguez, told Fox 13 that she became anxious when her son wouldn't answer his phone Thursday night. "I was convinced that we were going to catch this person", said Chief Dugan.

"We still have no leads, we have no motive", he said.

A video of a potential person of interest in the first shooting is among the few clues for investigators, who have called in Federal Bureau of Investigation profilers to assist.

Dugan said they are treating all three deaths "as though they are related" unless they find out otherwise. "We're going door to door and chatting with people".

Three people were shot and killed within 10 days, officials say, and they believe the murders - all within a mile of each other - may have been committed by a serial killer. "Do not assume this is a white person, do not assume it's a black person and do not assume it's a male".

After Hoffa's body was found, police immediately linked her death to Mitchell's because of the proximity of the shootings, but Dugan called the circumstances "unusual" with "no clear connection".

A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the killings.

A heavy police presence will continue there, Dugan said, adding that the area has been "blanketed" with officers. "We need everyone to come out of their homes at night, turn on their porch lights and just not tolerate this type of terrorism in the neighborhood".

"This is, you know, very frustrating", Dugan said. And now, we have someone who is terrorizing the neighborhood.

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