Tampa mayor, police chief address concerns over Seminole Heights murders in roll call

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Interim Police Chief Brian Dugan met for a roll call in Seminole Heights this afternoon to discuss the investigation into three recent murders in the area.

It happened at Giddens Park at 5202 N 12th Street.

The mayor first addressed the police force, telling officers “bring his head to me.”  “We’re not going to let the bad guy take over this neighborhood,” Buckhorn said.

Some residents wondered whether the suspect had been caught since there seemed to be fewer patrol cars in the area, but both officials said this was not the case and warned residents to remain vigilant.  

Police have been showing residents a video of a man who was walking in the area when the first murder occurred and are still “reviewing video to see if there is anything more we can dig out of it,” Dugan said.

Residents and business owners in the area were encouraged to register with ProjectRec, a program that allows residents to share video footage from their privately owned surveillance cameras systems with police.

“I would like to stress again that if you have a home video camera system and we have not reached out to you, please reach out to us and we will come to see you,” he continued.  “The concern is somebody knows something and is not aware of it.”

Chief Dugan also took a moment to recognize the victim’s families who will be spending the upcoming holidays without their loved ones.  “It’s very important that we remember these families and keep them in our thoughts,” Chief Dugan said.

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