Police announced that the manager of a McDonald’s employee recently charged in connection with four fatal shootings in Tampa, Florida, will receive “every penny” of a $110,000 reward after providing information that led to the man’s arrest.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Delonda Walker, a manager at a Ybor City McDonald’s, turned in the gun given to her by Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, 24. Police claimed that Donaldson placed the .40 caliber Glock in a fast food bag and gave it to Walker before leaving for Amscot. Upon realizing what was in the bag, Walker reportedly alerted an officer who was coincidentally in the restaurant at the time.
“We would not be here today with this killer in custody if it weren’t for the courage of one individual who just happened to be working at a local McDonald’s,” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Tampa police announced Tuesday that they arrested Donaldson and charged him with the murders of Anthony Taino Naiboa, 20, Monica Caridad Hoffa, 32, Benjamin Mitchell, 22, and Ronald Felton, 60. Naiboa, Hoffa, and Mitchell were all fatally shot within a 10-day period in October. Felton was killed on November 4.
In a statement, Walker claimed that receiving money was not her motivation for going to police and that she just wanted to do the right thing.
“Receiving a reward never entered my mind,” she said.
“Looking back, I’m grateful to know I was assisting law enforcement.”
The Times reported that Hoffa’s cousin, Yury Gutierrez, thanked the Seminole Heights community, police, and Walker during Friday’s press conference.
“Our words cannot express the gratitude we have for her,” Gutierrez said. “She’s a peaceful person. You just feel the humbleness from her.”
[Featured Image: Emanuel Donaldson III/Tampa Police Department]