Seminole Heights tipster to receive Crime Stoppers reward money

Police Chief Brian Dugan is "guarded, but optimistic" that a tip leading officers to a Ybor City McDonalds is connected to the Seminole Heights killings.

TAMPA, Fla. - The tipster who led police to the suspect in the Seminole Heights killings will receive the $5,000 Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay allocated in reward money.

While the organization only distributes reward money when a tip is submitted directly to them, the group said Thursday they will use funds donated for firearms-related crimes.

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Tampa Bay restaurateur Richard Gonzmart has already given a $9,000 check to the Ybor City McDonald's employee who turned over a gun that Howell Emanuel Donaldson III handed to her to a nearby Tampa police officer.

Investigators determined the same gun was used to kill four people over a five week span in Southeast Seminole Heights between early October and mid-November.

Donaldson, who is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, remained in jail under no bond following a Thursday morning court appearance.

It was not immediately known if the tipster will receive the rest of the reward money, which comes from a variety of sources.

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