A suspected serial killer who terrorized Tampa for nearly two months attended St. John’s University.
Howell “Trai” Donaldson III, 24, is accused of shooting four people to death between Oct. 9 and Nov. 14 in the city’s Seminole Heights neighborhood.
He was taken into custody Tuesday at a McDonald’s near the neighborhood he allegedly victimized, according to reports.
The Tampa Bay Times reported that Donaldson, who may have worked at the McDonald’s, left a 9mm handgun with a manager while he got a payday loan. The manager alerted cops.
Donaldson played basketball for St. John’s sometime after graduating high school in Tampa in 2011, according to his social media accounts.
He studied sports management and in 2016 allegedly worked as a “guest experience host” for the Mets, according to his LinkedIn page.
Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan was “optimistic” they’d found the monster responsible for the four seemingly random deaths.
Police suspect Anthony Naiboa, Monica Caridad Hoffa and Benjamin Mitchell were also shot by the same gunman.
“There’s a lot to go through, a lot to sift through and it’s going to take many things to fall in line,” Dugan said.
The police department received more than 5,000 tips during the investigation, Dugan said.
Tampa police released chilling surveillance footage on Nov. 15 showing the suspect walking just before 60-year-old Ronald Felton was killed.
Inquiries with the university and baseball team were not immediately returned.
Efforts to reach Donaldson’s relatives were unsuccessful.