Anthony Naiboa [left], Monica Hoffa [center], and Benjamin Mitchell were murdered within a mile of each other during a span of two weeks, this month in Tampa, Fla
Three similar murders have occurred in a Tampa neighborhood in the span of two weeks, leading to talk of a possible serial killer.
Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said officers are still searching for “someone who has been terrorizing a neighborhood” in the Seminole Heights district of Tampa.
The latest victim was Anthony Naiboa, 20, who was murdered on Thursday.
Naiboa, who had autism, was shot after accidentally taking the wrong bus home from work.
Dugan said officers were in the neighborhood and heard gunfire while canvassing the area: “One of our officers was able to find him, but it was too late,” Dugan said in a recorded statement.
“He was already dead when our police officers came up on him.”
Benjamin Mitchell was killed waiting for a metro bus in Tampa, by an unknown assailant who is still at large
The current wave of unsolved homicides in the neighborhood began on October 9, at approximately 9:00 p.m., when Benjamin Edward Mitchell was killed waiting for a metro bus in Tampa. While at the bus stop, 22-year-old Mitchell was shot by an unknown suspect. He later died as a result of the injuries he sustained. Witnesses described seeing a black male, early 20’s, wearing a dark hooded jacket, running from the area where the shooting took place immediately after the gunfire.
Monica Hoffa [photo], was murdered with the same MO and dumped in a vacant within a mile of Mitchell’s body and just four days later on Oct 13, in Tampa, Fla
Four days later, at approximately 9:30 a.m., Monica Caridad Hoffa, 32, was found in a vacant lot in the 1000 block of New Orleans Avenue East in Tampa. She had been walking through the neighborhood on October 11, 2017 at approximately 8:45 p.m. headed to meet a friend. Hoffa was shot and killed by an unknown suspect. Her body was discovered on Oct 13.
Anthony Naiboa, [photo], who had autism, became a victim simply because he accidentally taking the wrong bus home from work.
Less than a week, on October 19, the third victim, Anthony Naiboa, 20, was killed in the same neighborhood in Tampa. 20-year-old Naiboa was shot by an unknown suspect as he was walking, he later died as a result of the injuries he sustained.
Naiboa was found about 300 yards from where the first victim, Benjamin Mitchell, was killed.
Naiboa and the second victim was Monica Hoffa, were murdered occurred within a mile of Mitchell.
So far, the only image police have released of a suspect is a grainy surveillance video of a person wearing a hooded shirt walking in the street.
Tampa Bay police are appealing for help in catching the suspect[s]
“We need everyone to come out of their homes at night, turn on their porch lights and just not tolerate this type of terrorism in a neighborhood,” Dugan said.
Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information in the case.
A GoFundMe has been created to raise money for Naiboa’s family.