SEMINOLE HEIGHTS, Fla. - Tampa’s interim police chief is pleading with the public to help them solve three Seminole Heights homicides by stepping forward with any information about the murders.
“We can’t sit back and wait for a 4th victim,” Interim Chief Brian Dugan said.
Detectives are not sure if they are dealing with one person or a group of people, targeting random victims in Seminole Heights. They said they are following up on tips, but its a slow process. He said they do not have a ton of information at this point.
“It could be one person. It could be more people. We don’t have those answers and that’s why I’m so cautious about labeling the suspect,” Dugan said.
Dugan said their detectives are looking into everything...even into incidents that happened before the murders and since the murders. ABC Action News spotted officers near a home off New Orleans, Tuesday afternoon. Dugan did not disclose whether it is connected or not. He stressed they are not limiting their investigation.
Dugan said there are several reasons why they believe the murders are connected.
“We have a limited amount of evidence and there are certain things that only the person who did this or the people who did this would know and we’re not willing to release that,” Dugan said.
The police department has released surveillance video of a person they would like to speak with immediately. Dugan said the person in the video is not a person of interest or a suspect; they would like to speak with the individual as soon as possible.
Dugan said while they are aggressively working the investigation, they need people’s help to solve the crime.
“It’s going to be someone (who) saw something that they thought was insignificant or they just dismissed it, and that’s going to be a key to this whole thing,” Dugan said.