Police Aren't Ruling Out Serial Killer in 3 Florida Murders

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The Tampa Police Department is investigating three homicides that have occurred within the Seminole Heights area.

Anthony Taino Naiboa's family said he was taking a bus home from work and had gotten off at the wrong stop in the Seminole Heights neighborhood.

"I go from frustration to anger", said Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan.

Cops blanketed the area after the initial slayings, but it was not enough to prevent the sidewalk murder of the third victim, Naiboa.

"But it was too late", Dugan said.

Naiboa was killed just 50 feet away from the bus stop where another man, 22-year-old Benjamin Mitchell, was killed on October 9th, police said. They have saturated the neighborhood and, somehow, the gunman still got away within minutes of Naiboa's shooting.

Naiboa was the eldest of five children and had just graduated from Tampa's George S. Middleton High School previous year, Dugan said.

'He was in the prime of his life and was taken instantly'.

Days later, Monica Caridad Hoffa, 32, was found dead on October 13, although police believe she was killed two days earlier. His body was found nearly directly in front of Mitchell's home, Dugan said.

"We are still sifting through evidence", he said.

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"Do not assume it's a white, black, or male", he said about the person in the video. The three murders happened within a mile of each other.

Though police are as yet unsure of a motive, Dugan said the proximity and timing of Naiboa's death and two others make it clear that the incidents are connected.

Detectives have not discovered any connection between the victims.

Crime Stoppers Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrests of the unknown suspect or suspects involved in the homicide cases.

The police already have surveillance video of a person of interest seen wearing a hoodie the night of the first murder. "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".

Dugan added that it's not necessary to hide in their homes but to remain aware of their surroundings.

"Having good people live out here, they should be able to walk around at night and not worrying about some wack job", Jamison said.

"We're not going to be held hostage by whoever's doing this", Dugan said.

In part, the police presence is to help the neighborhood feel at ease, but also so officers can continue to probe for what people may have seen.

Dugan said he was frustrated that officers did not catch the killer on Thursday night despite deploying a helicopter, SWAT team, and K9s.


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