Published: Sun, October 29, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

'Bring his head to me,' Tampa mayor says of serial killer

'Bring his head to me,' Tampa mayor says of serial killer

"The cop in me says, 'why are you running seconds after the murder of Benjamin Mitchell?'" Interim Police Chief Brian Dugan asked.

"I've come up with four reasons why this person is running", he said, according to the Sentinel.

A week ago, officers were patrolling the area when they heard gunshots and found Anthony Taino Naiboa dead on the sidewalk, about 100 yards from where one of the other victims was killed. Two: They're out exercising.

Mitchell was killed as he waited alone at a Seminole Heightsbus stop October 9. Four days later, police found the body of 32-year-old waitress Monica Hoffa.

While Dugan said police are still looking for the suspected killer who was seen on surveillance footage walking through the neighborhood after one of the killings, several residents and social media users took issue with the language Buckhorn used, calling it "medieval", and something out of Game of Thrones. Naiboa, 20, had autism and had accidentally taken the wrong bus home from work.

All three had been shot within blocks of each other and near a city bus line.

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"The white fence absolutely stood out as something that I recognize, so it is interesting and a bit scary that it was right near here", said Clay.

Wednesday, Buckhorn and Interim Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan spoke with officers during their evening roll call, Spectrum Bay News 9 reported.

"Let's go get it done", the mayor added added. They called the man sporting the hooded sweatshirt a person of interest.

"If that were me in that video, I would have to believe that my neighbors would be able to identify me", he said.

Officials have thus far struggled to generate leads in the high-profile case. But if you do visit the area, be careful and avoid walking alone in the dark. Trick-or-treating will likely be significantly curtailed, though Dugan has offered to walk with families on Halloween night. They have been going door to door asking residents for any relevant information. There is a $35,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.

"We're going to hunt this son of a b-- down until we catch him", Buckhorn told police officers Wednesday afternoon.

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