Seminole Heights (Tampa, FL) Serial Killer: What We Know So Far

Seminole Heights, Tampa FL, murder victims. Image Source: Sky News
Seminole Heights, Tampa FL, murder victims. Image Source: Sky News

According to police, a killer “terrorized” a quiet neighborhood in Tampa, Florida earlier this month. Three apparently unconnected people were shot and killed over a period of 10 days.

With three killings in less than two weeks and no arrests so far, detectives have called in FBI profilers to assist with the investigation. Police believe the three homicides are linked, but they have not said outright that the suspect is a serial killer.

Police are now asking the public to help find out who is responsible. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as Crime Stoppers are offering a $25,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.

If you have any information please call 1-(800)873-8477.

The first victim, 22-year old Benjamin Edward Mitchell, was shot near a bus stop in Seminole Heights on October 9. He died in the hospital shortly afterward.

A few days later, on October 13, a local city worker found the body of 32-year-old Monica Caridad Hoffa in a vacant lot.

On October 19, police found 20-year-old Anthony Naiboa dead near a bus stop at around 8pm. In response to the first two killings, police were heavily patrolling the area. Several of them heard the gunshot and were on the scene within minutes. However, even though police then brought in dogs and a SWAT team, the suspect managed to escape.

Seminole Heights, Tampa FL, map of locations of homicides. Image Source: Daily Mail

Seminole Heights, Tampa FL, map of locations of homicides. Image Source: Daily Mail

Tampa police have received hundreds of tips, but none have led to any promising leads. Here is what we know so far:

Police maintain that there is no apparent personal connection between the three victims. They don’t appear to have known one another, none of them was killed in attempted robberies, and they were all shot within a one-mile radius in the Seminole Heights neighborhood.

None of the victims had criminal records.

According to Interim Police Chief Brian Dugan, all three of the victims usually traveled by bus and were shot at or near bus stops.

Anthony Naiboa was killed just 200-300 yards from Benjamin Mitchell’s house. However, that evening he took the wrong bus home from work. “He should not have been in this neighborhood,” Chief Dugan told reporters.

Mitchell and Naiboa both attended Middleton High School, so there is a chance they might have recognized one another, but there is no evidence they knew each other.

Police believe Monica Hoffa was killed two days prior to the discovery of her body, which would be October 11, just two days after Benjamin Mitchell.

Police released two surveillance videos of a person wearing a long hooded jacket and repeatedly flipping open a cell phone. They believe this “person of interest” was either involved or witnessed something important during the shooting. Although police say they think the person in the video is a male, it is very difficult to tell the gender or age from the low-quality surveillance footage.

Local authorities are determined to catch the killer before he or she strikes again. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn this week told police to “bring his head to me”.

If you have any information please call 1-(800)873-8477.

Tucker J.

Tucker is a foreign correspondent and media analyst for Not Liberal.

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Tucker J.
Tucker J.
Tucker is a foreign correspondent and media analyst for Not Liberal.

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