Howell Donaldson

The suspect who was charged with 4 counts of first-degree murder in Tampa was teased by his McDonald's co-workers.

Howell E. Donaldson III, 24, faces the death penalty if convicted. Donaldson was arrested Tuesday at the Ybor City McDonald's where he worked.

Co-workers said they teased Donaldson over his resemblance to the serial killer who terrorized one Tampa neighborhood for 51 days.

“We would tease him and say he was the killer, because he looked like the pictures," Gail Rogers told the Tampa Bay Times.

“I called him the killer to his face. He didn’t like that," said Rogers, a four-year employee at the fast food restaurant.

The break in the case came when Donaldson, a crew chief at the McDonald's, handed his manager, Peabo Johnson, a takeout bag containing a .40 caliber Glock handgun.

Donaldson allegedly told the manager not to look inside the bag. "He said he would text her what to do with it. My manager didn’t know what to do," Rogers told The Times.

Johnson turned the bag over to Officer Randi Whitney, a police liaison to the homeless who was in the restaurant doing paperwork, according to

Police swarmed the restaurant and took Donaldson into custody.

Donaldson was "very friendly and nice" to the officers, but during an interrogation he requested a lawyer.

Police matched the gun to shell casings found at three of the four murder scenes.

Tampa residents wondered whether he handed the gun to his manager because he was tired of hiding from police.

But police Chief Brian Dugan doesn't believe he wanted to turn himself in.

"I don't think he wanted to get caught," Dugan said. "He gave it to her for safekeeping."

  • Soda

    This makes more sense than the other story, which made it seem as though he asked someone working at McDonald's to hold a backpack for him while he ran an errand.

  • Django the God

    “I called him the killer to his face. He didn’t like that,” said Rogers, a four-year employee at the fast food restaurant.


    4 years at McDonald's.
    No wonder he couldn't put 2 and 2 together.

  • Django the God

    He could've put that gun the the dumpster or any random drive-thru bag.

    Something sound filet-o-fish.


    i hope this man has a good lawyer. the police love pinning crimes on Black folks and forcing “confessions”.

  • Soda

    Maybe he's a student working his way through school. He could even be the owner.

  • Phillybruh

    They dodged a bullet he was probably practicing to take them out.

  • Django the God

    The jury is going to have a unanimous decision with that slave ass mustache.

  • iWasteTime

    So there is still a killer amongst them ?

  • Django the God

    4 years is a bachelor's.
    He definitely not taking criminal justice.

  • Django the God

    1 Mcflurry away from getting barbeque'd.

  • Django the God

    Everybody serving that food.

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  • MJF

    lmao comment made me laugh

  • Karen Brady

    This write up doesnt do it justice. The lady was on the news last night. She was full of attitude and funny. She said she told him "you look like A killer" and he said "who me?!" She said "yeah you mother fawker!". Alright I ad-libbed the mo fo part but she might as well have said it cuz she was funny ?

  • Karen Brady

    Serving quarter pounders.

  • Karen Brady

    Log out bruh.

  • Karen Brady

    Okay you are cut off..I can't!! LMAOOOOO

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  • Vonn

    You are just cutting up today.

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  • Wreckognize Game

    NEW POST UP- Old Pro Ho...

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Sweet Brown working at McD's??? LOL!!!!

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    bruh... put the 'pipe' down....

  • Vonn

    Chile, he done refilled, the refill.

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  • countrygal

    They in there laughing at him and bout to get their caps pushed back.

  • Wreckognize Game

    True. Maybe he gave the gun to the manager before he had to set it off in there.

  • InsecureNEVA

    Why would you give someone a bag and tell them NOT to look in it? That automatically causes them to look in the bag.

  • InsecureNEVA

    Yeah, he could have very well killed the one who told him to his face he was the killer in the same manner he killed the others.

  • Banka

    Well that was awfully Mcdumb of him.!!!

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    This! frightening as hell!
    I already assume my co-workers are crazy.

  • Shawty

    Right....he knows what time they get

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  • SumthinSweeter

    Haaaa! U r funny asf...

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    unlock ur page so I can follow u

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  • imright

    stop teasing ppl

  • Django the God

    Just updated my profile.

  • SumthinSweeter

    Still has u r private

  • SandraRose

    Clear your browser cache and refresh your browser.

  • LadyL

    This!!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Erin

    Another crack baby all grown up, he's even got the crack baby expression on his face.

  • Applebootay

    You know whaaaaaaaaaa

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  • Karen Brady

    set it off... lol

  • Bonita Johnson

    Well God works in mysterious ways...for him to do that and there was a police officer in there at the same time was a blessing!!! And the lady who told on him got rewarded 9gz!!! She deserved that because she could’ve easily not said anything!

  • SumthinSweeter

    sadly idk how to that on my computer, only on my ph, lol.

  • RealATLPeach36

    Lol you made laugh

  • 2gr8ful

    But police Chief Brian Dugan doesn’t believe he wanted to turn himself in.
    “I don’t think he wanted to get caught,” Dugan said. “He gave it to her for safekeeping.”
    Say what???? Is he for real, safekeeping yeah right. Let me try give my boss a piece to hold for safekeeping I will be escorted up out of there in 0.2 seconds.

  • Malcom Flex

    Then whey didn't they drop a dime on his murdering azz?! I am so sick of no snitching. He killed BLACK PEOPLE!!

  • BloodBlood

    That was just dumb to give the manager the gun & why was he getting mad when they called him the killer hell mf you was the killer!!!!

  • YellowSauce

    if he did it ...I'm glad he snitched on himself .... furthermore ... my first rule at work is TRUST NO ONE THAT YOU WORK WITH .... he had no one else to give that to besides his manager .... #youBIGDUMMY

  • ArDnAhC45

    Cause I would've looked in it as soon as he turned his back.

  • Hmmm~?

    Maybe him and Peabo were in cahoots. She ratted him out so she could claim the reward and bounce. Something about this story don’t make sense.

  • BloodBlood

    Exactly like I'm still not understanding why he would give the gun to the manager it's more to this story

  • Doc J

    I'm just going to conclude that he wanted to turn himself in. Anyone who knew how to commit crimes and avoid arrest for as long as he did, must have known that there were a thousand other places and people he could have given that gun to for safe keeping.

  • free

    somebody else named their child peabo?

  • free

    sounds like he wanted her to get the reward money cause that was stupid as hell on his part.


    Why is he working at McD's when he is college educated? This whole story is sketch AF.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Seems like he wanted to get caught. Nobody can be that dumb.

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  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    That was weird. If I thought somebody was a killer, I certainly wouldn't be calling them a killer to their face.
    Maybe that's just me...

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    a WOMAN at that..

  • free

    wait, you saying peabo is a woman????? #dead

  • Allihave2say

    A broken brain can still learn.

  • the guest

    Because historically in the USA, educated black people are resented and systemically oppressed from opportunity. There are so many genius black people kept down and beneath their potential. Sounds like this educated young brother snapped.

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  • the guest

    His manager clearly conspired with him for the reward money and then outsmarted and manipulated him. Sounds like he confessed to the manager and proposed they split the reward money. He didn't offer the gun. The manager told him to give her the gun for "safekeeping" because she was planning to turn him in and keep all the reward money the whole time. Unless he recorded their conversations, there's no evidence the manager conspired. But I think it's clear the manager did. Now the real conspiracy to prove here is that the manager knew he was the killer hiding in plain sight.

  • Trace da Ace

    NO TRIAL, NO JUDGE......JUST WALK HIS AZZ RIGHT TO THE ELECTRIC CHAIR AND PUSH "FUEGO" AND MOVE ON.......this trash does not even deserve tax payers money to be locked up or any court hearings....TORCH HIS AZZ!

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