Investigators in Tampa, Florida are trying an unorthodox approach in an attempt to catch the suspected serial killer who has plagued the community since October, sending out police on horseback, as reported by ABC Action News.
Mounted patrols began on Friday with officers policing the neighborhood of Seminole Heights, which is where the four murders occurred.
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The first shooting death took place on October 9. Since then, three more people have been killed. These slayings were not robberies, police note, and the victims do not appear connected in any way, leading investigators to suspect that they were the work of a serial killer.
So, why mounted police? Horses will give investigators better maneuverability in a neighborhood setting, allowing them to quickly pursue suspects through backyards and into wooded areas. Additionally, city officials hope that their presence will set a fearful and frustrated community at ease, knowing that they are being watched over.
As previously reported by CrimeOnline, the Tampa Police Department has offered a reward of $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspected serial killer or killers. Unfortunately, this reward has not led to any promising leads as of this writing, according to Tampa Bay Times.
Tampa police do have surveillance video of a person of interest, however.
SEMINOLE HEIGHTS KILLER | TPD has released new video of a person of interest in the Seminole Heights homicides case. The person can be seen running just seconds after the first murder.WHAT WE KNOW >> http://bit.ly/2gLXZtQ
Posted by ABC Action News – WFTS – Tampa Bay on Thursday, October 26, 2017
As previously reported by CrimeOnline, the video shows a hooded figure walking in the area where Benjamin Mitchell, 22, was shot to death.
In addition to Mitchell, Anthony Taino Naiboa, 20, Monica Caridad Hoffa, 32, and Ronald Felton, 60, were all shot to death in the same neighborhood in the past several weeks, with the first three murders occurring in a span of 10 days.
[Featured Image: CBS News screenshot (Benjamin Mitchell/Anthony Taino Naiboa/Monica Caridad Hoffa)]