McDonald’s workers teased their colleague about looking like a serial killer before he was charged with four murders.
Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, 24, is accused of stalking and killing four people in Seminole Heights, Florida, in a spree that shook the quiet neighborhood.
At one point, Donaldson allegedly handed a gun to one of his female colleagues and said he would text her what to do with it.
Gail Rogers, staff at McDonald’s in Ybor City, told the Tampa Bay Times: ‘We would tease him and say he was the killer, because he looked like the pictures. I called him the killer to his face. He didn’t like that.’
Staff called the police after Donaldson handed over the gun.
He was arrested on four counts of first-degree murder following a six-week hunt by the police and FBI.
Ronald Felton, 60, was the last person to be murdered in the space of two weeks.
He was shot from behind just a few blocks away from a memorial honoring the other victims earlier this month.
Anthony Naiboa, 20, Monica Hoffa, 32, and Benjamin Mitchell were all killed days apart.
Officers issued surveillance footage of a person of interest running from the scene where Mitchell was murdered.
Tampa police chief Brian Dugan said at the time: ‘I’ve come up with four reasons why this person might be running. One: they may be late for dinner. Two: they’re out exercising. Three: they heard gunshots. And number four: they just murdered Benjamin Mitchell.’
The video shows the suspect flipping his phone.
Dugan said he wanted to focus on that because it might be a habit of his and people should be on the look out for it.
He added officers believe the suspect has ties to the Seminole neighborhood.