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People, businesses change routines as search for Seminole Heights killer continues

Posted at 10:20 PM, Nov 14, 2017

People living and working in and around the Seminole Heights area are forced to change their routines as the manhunt for the alleged Seminole Heights serial killer continues.

ABC Action News went along with Elias Rivera, a driver for his family's bakery, Faedo Family Bakery off North Florida Avenue. 

Rivera works less than two miles from where police have set up a comprehensive police perimeter around the Southeast Seminole Heights neighborhood. 

Rivera was on his way to work Tuesday morning when he came across police rushing to the scene, "and eight to ten police cars literally kind of cut in front of me," he said. 

He said at the time he didn't realize it was connected to the possible fourth victim in Tuesday's shooting in Seminole Heights. 

"Just waking up normally and coming across that many police cars on the route, it just gives it a sense of fear, honestly," he said. 

Rivera has changed his habits, from closing every door behind him to locking his car each and every time he enters and exits it. He also has changed some of the side streets he will have to drive to deliver the Cuban bread to their clients. 

Rivera isn't the only driver for the company, but other independent drivers for the family owned business are also being told to take extra precautions. 

The young man who works three jobs in all said the family business is growing, "so to just stop cold turkey, that's just not an option for us," he said. 

A spokesperson for the Tampa Police Department is urging people who have to be out on the road after dark in the area to remain vigilant, and keep an eye out for anything that seems out of the ordinary. 

If you have any information, call Tampa Police immediately.