Last Tuesday, a suspected serial killer was arrested in Florida after Tampa experienced 51 days of fear. Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, 24, was arrested and faces four counts of first-degree murder, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan confirmed last week.
The arrest came after Donaldson allegedly stuffed his Smith & Wesson .40 in a McDonald's food bag and gave it to a coworker to hold. That coworker was Delonda Walker, Donaldson’s manager at the restaurant. The suspected killer allegedly confided in her, telling Walker that he needed to flee the state, Newsweek reports.
In turn, Walker handed that bag to a police officer who happened to be in the restaurant. For that act, Walker will now receive “every penny” of the reward money, Tampa police chief Brian Dugan announced at a Friday news conference. According to the Associated Press, she will receive $110,000 for helping police capture the accused killer.
Walker said she wasn’t looking for an award. Simply, she just wanted to do what was right, the AP reports.
The gun in the bag that Walker gave to police was the very same gun used in four deadly shootings that Donaldson is accused of doing, Tampa Bay Police say. Four people were shot to death, at random, in Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood beginning in early Donaldson faces four counts of first-degree murder. According to police, Donaldson admitted the Smith & Wesson is his. However, he has remained tight-lipped about the shootings.
Donaldson was a college graduate with no previous run-ins with the law and he has been described as polite, even during his arrest for four murders.
In a statement, read by Mayor Buckhorn, Walker said, “I went to work on Tuesday intending to serve customers and do my job. The day turned out very differently. When confronted with this situation, I wanted to do the right thing and I reached out to a nearby police officer. Receiving a reward never entered my mind. Looking back, I am grateful to know I was helpful in assisting law enforcement. I hope you can understand that out of respect for the continuing investigations as well as the victims and their families, I will not be answering questions. But please know I appreciate all the well wishes and the kind words of our community.”
[Photo: Tampa Police Department]