Tampa Police Patrols Increase In Seminole Heights

Police activity has increased in Seminole Heights following three murders in less than two weeks. While police don’t have a definite lead or suspect, they do believe the killings are related.

With a killer still on the loose tensions are on edge in the surrounding area and officers are doing the best they can to calm the fears of neighbors in the community.

Patrols increased starting Saturday night and police urge people in the community to stay inside and don’t go out alone at night. The killer is said to be finding people whoa re vulnerable. If anyone sees anything suspicious they are asked to call it into police immediately.

On Sunday night hundreds of Seminole Heights residents marched the streets by candlelight, holding a vigil for the three victims.

Monica Hoffa, Anthony Naiboa, and Benjamin Mitchell were all shot and killed in the area of North 15th Street in separate shootings.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is holding a community forum to calm fears and inform citizens on Monday evening. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at Edison Elementary School. Police investigators will join Buckhorn in informing the public and will take questions from anyone during the meeting.

 

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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.