TAMPA, Florida. – The homeowners who the police with the terrifying surveillance video of the hooded man accused in a series of deadly shootings that terrorized a Florida neighborhood in October and November, now wants to be a part of the $110,000 reward.
The police in Tampa released the video that showed a man slowly walking down a Seminole Heights street just before an Oct. 9 shooting and running in the opposite direction moments later.
The cameras are connected to Patrick and Kelly Holladay the bungalow. She told the Tampa Bay Times would have been nice to have shared in the reward. That money was given to a McDonald’s manager, Delonda Walker, who has helped in the breaking of the case as the suspect in the murder and gave her a paper bag with a gun in on Nov. 28. She showed it to a police officer who was in the restaurant.
Howell Donaldson III was arrested and charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the death of Benjamin Mitchell, Monica Hoffa, Anthony Naiboa and Ronald Felton.
Most of the donors who have contributed to the reward fund, awarded with the Tampa police before Chief Brian Dugan and Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced that the Walker would get the money.
“I was not amused that we are not eligible for nothing,” said Kelly Holladay, 50. “We put ourselves in danger and helped the police enormously. I hate to say these words, but we can seek legal advice.”
Police spokesman Steve Hegarty said the decision was “to give to the person whose actions directly led to the arrest of the suspect.”
The Holladays claim that their video had already been to the police for a number of weeks.
According to the police, the fragments of the Holladays’ video show Donaldson in the moments before and after the shooting of Michell, 22, as he waited for a bus less than a block from the couple’s home.
Kelly Holladay said she was in the kitchen that night, where a monitor feeds to view feeds from seven cameras on their property. She saw a tall, slender figure that on one of the screens.
“I told Pat, you should see this man, he was like he was haunted,” she said.
While they didn’t hear the gunshots, a neighbor did. When police arrived, the Holladays waved them and told them about the man. They showed the officers of the images. Detectives stopped by later and downloaded their video archive.
Four days later, police released the first video of the man, that made him a person of interest. A week later, they released video of the man running in the opposite direction.
“The only thing they kept was a result of our video,” Kelly Holladay said.
After Donaldson was arrested, she called Crime Stoppers and wrote a letter to the head of the police, making their case for the reward money.
“We had the feeling that both Dugan and the mayor kind of downplayed the role that we have played,” said Patrick Holladay, 74. “They said they got 5,000 tips, such as which of us was not worth more than the others.”
The manager of the restaurant was the appropriate recipient for the $5,000 of Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay, said chairman Debbie Carter.
“They took care of the video, but the person who is responsible for the arrest was the manager at McDonald’s,” Carter said.