A McDonald’s manager in Tampa stands to earn “ every penny” of a $110, 000 reward after providing information leading to the arrest of accused serial killer Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, police say.
Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan confirmed the news during a press conference on Friday, following reports that Delonda Walker — the manager at the McDonald’ s in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa — might not be entitled to the entire reward amount.
Walker first tipped off police on Tuesday, after Donaldson, a 24-year-old co-worker, left his gun in her possession, The Tampa Bay Times reports. Police say they were later able to link the gun to a wave of killings in the Seminole Heights area between October and November.
“That was the bit of information that we were looking for. That is what we needed, ” Dugan told reporters earlier this week.
In total, Donaldson is accused of killing four people in Seminole Heights. He is currently charged with first-degree murder.
On Thursday, Crime Stoppers Tampa Bay had initially suggested that Walker might not be getting the entire reward, seeing as the agencies providing the funds have a specific agreement with Crime Stoppers that only allows payment in the event that a tip is reported via the Crime Stoppers hotline. As of Thursday, the Crime Stoppers agency itself, as well as a local restaurant owner, had awarded Walker $5, 000 and $9, 000, respectively. The rest was promised by other federal and local organizations, Fox 13 reports.
Walker, meanwhile, had said that the reward was not a factor in turning Donaldson’ s gun over to police.
“[I] wanted to do the right thing, ” she said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.