“Bring his head to me.”
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn isn’t mincing words when it comes to the capture of a serial killer who’s been terrorizing his town, killing three people within a half-mile radius during a ten-day spree.
“We’re going to hunt this son of a b—- down until we catch him, and it’s gonna be you guys, it’s gonna be great police work doing what you guys do every day,” said Buckhorn to police officers as they headed out in search of the killer.
“This guy is not going to win. He’s not taking over this neighborhood, he’s not taking over these streets,” the mayor continued. “You guys go hunt him down, and bring his head to me.”
Since October 9, one woman and two men have been shot while walking in their neighborhoods.
Although the community has been rocked the the killings, both Buckhorn and interim Police Chief Brian Dugan expressed appreciation to police for spreading “a sense of calmness” in the wake of the killings.
Police do have one critical clue: a surveillance video showing a man walking through the neighborhood and flipping a cell phone, then running in another direction shortly after 22-year-old Benjamin Mitchell was shot dead on October 9.
“We’re now calling person who is seen running after Benjamin Mitchell’s murder a ‘person of interest,'” said Dugan on Thursday. “If that were me in that video, I have to believe that my neighbors would be able to identify me.”
Monica Caridad Hoffa, 32, was shot and killed on October 13 and her body was found in a vacant lot. Then, just last week, Anthony Taino Naiboa was found dead by officers on a sidewalk near where another victim was found days before.
Any information leading to an arrest could lead to a $25,000 reward, officials say.
Meanwhile, Dugan is refusing to let the killer spoil Halloween for kids, promising to “personally be on patrol” that night.
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