Tampa Serial Killer Case: Ex-St. John’s Basketball Player Arrested

Florida cops on Tuesday busted a 24-year-old man in connection with four murders that have had residents of a Tampa neighborhood terrified of an alleged serial killer.

Police say that Howell Emanuel “Trai” Donaldson III, who once played basketball for St. John’s, fatally shot four victims in the Seminole Heights district since October 9.

Tampa police believe Donaldson is the person shown in the surveillance video released on November 15 after Ronald Felton was killed.

Since the killings began, parts of the Seminole Heights neighborhood have been in lockdown as police knocked on doors in an attempt to locate potential witnesses.
Police say they arrested Donaldson after he walked into the fast food restaurant on Tuesday and handed the manager a bag containing a 9mm handgun, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

When Donaldson walked away to apply for a payday loan at a nearby check-cashing store, the manager reportedly alerted a policewoman.

Donaldson, a Tampa resident, had a brief stint as a walk-on player in the 2011-12 season for the Red Storm, according to school sources – but did not play in any games.

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A Tampa resident, he graduated from Alonso High School in 2011.

A LinkedIn page apparently belonging to Donaldson said he graduated the Queens university in 2015 with a degree in sports management.

As investigators continue to investigate possible motives for the killings, Mayor Bob Buckhorn said that he is relieved that a suspect is in custody.

Fifty-one days ago, I said this was a struggle between good and evil,” he said. “Well, tonight goodness has won.”

Donaldson faces four counts of first-degree murder, according to authorities.

Read more: New York Post 

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Main photo: Howell Emanuel “Trai” Donaldson III [Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]