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Video shows a suspect in the serial killings that are shaking Tampa

Police release new video of suspect in possible serial killings

The current reward amount for information in the deaths of four individuals in the Seminole Heights neighborhood is $91,000. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS. Crime Stoppers in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcoho
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The current reward amount for information in the deaths of four individuals in the Seminole Heights neighborhood is $91,000. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS. Crime Stoppers in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcoho

Tampa police updated a shaken Seminole Heights community after a fourth fatal shooting in their neighborhood since October.

Police Chief Brian Dugan provided new details in a news conference on Wednesday.

The reward for the killer has been bumped up to $91,000, which includes the FBI’s addition of $50,000 to the pot, Dugan said. Along with the higher reward, police also revealed a new video that shows a man whom detectives believe to be the same person in a video released on Oct. 9, the night of the first fatal shooting of 22-year-old Benjamin Mitchell.

The person seen in the video, described by police as a black man standing around six feet tall with a thin build wearing a hooded jacket, was previously named a person of interest but now is considered a suspect, Dugan said.

Dugan said that the newest video, which was taken at an angle, is believed to be the same man seen in the first because of his general build, clothes, mannerisms and gait. Dugan says the footage was recorded just moments before the latest shooting of 60-year-old Ronald Felton on Tuesday morning.

An FBI SWAT Team joined Tampa police and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in conducting door-to-door searches in a manhunt for a suspect in a string of homicides.

Police also said they received several more videos and are still going through them. Dugan said he would release more footage as investigators study the videos.

While Dugan refrained from saying that all four killings were committed by the same person, he said that detectives are “very comfortable” in saying that all the incidents are linked.

“We can’t say this person has done all of the homicides,” Dugan said. “But we are pretty convinced this person has committed at least two of them.”

Detectives still believe the killer lives in the Seminole Heights area.

“Someone has to know who this individual is. We need to know who this person is … we need names,” Dugan urged.

Police continue to try to calm nervous residents and area business owners who are frightened to leave their homes since the shootings began. Dugan reminded the community to stick together when traveling around the area, as all four victims targeted were alone when they died.

“The person who is doing this needs to step forward and we can give them the help they need,” Dugan said. “We can fix this.”

Police are asking residents who may have seen anything or have home surveillance cameras to contact them at 813-231-6130.

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