Seminole Heights Killer: Tampa police release additional video from recent homicides

Posted at 12:10 PM, Oct 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-27 14:10:08-04

Tampa Police released additional video related to the Seminole Heights killer case on Thursday.

Police believe one person is responsible for the shooting deaths of three random people in the Seminole Heights neighborhood over the span of 10 days.

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Tampa Police Interim Police Chief Brian Dugan showed new video during a news conference of a person running "just seconds after" the murder of Benjamin Mitchell.





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"We believe this is the same person we saw walking just moments earlier," Dugan said.

Like the quality of the first video, the new video is not clear. But, it captures a person running from various angles. One camera angle is in color.

"He is running in the other direction. We believe this is the same person, once again, running away from the scene of the shooting," Dugan added.

The slender 'person of interest' is wearing pants and a hooded windbreaker and can be seen possibly flipping a cellphone with the right hand.

Dugan hopes the release of the new video will drum up more leads.

"We are not saying this person is a suspect," Dugan said. "We believe this person saw or heard something that could be a key to solving these murders. We believe this person has ties to the neighborhood."

Even though Dugan is not calling the person in the video a suspect, he is calling them a person of interest.

“The cop in me says why are you running seconds after the murder of Benjamin Mitchell and that’s the answer we want," Dugan said.

Dugan said his detectives are reviewing hours and hours of video. He hopes someone will step forward with information that will help them solve this investigation.

"The bottom line is that this person may be completely innocent, but we want to talk to you,” Dugan said.

Dugan also announced the reward is now at least $35,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the Seminole Heights Killer. If any residents or businesses have surveillance video that might assist detectives, they are asked to call Tampa Police at 813-231-6130.