Man accused in Seminole Heights killings had prior New York arrest

Published November 29 2017
Updated November 29 2017

The man accused of four murders in Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood was previously arrested in New York City in 2014, but the case against him is barred from public record.

The New York Police Department said Wednesday that Howell Donaldson was arrested in Manhattan that year. But a judge ordered the case sealed.

That state allows arrest records to be sealed in certain circumstances. They include cases in which charges were dismissed or the defendant was acquitted.

The charge connected to Donaldson’s arrest was not provided. He lived in New York while attending St. John’s University.

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