The McDonald’s manager who turned in a gun that led to the arrest of a man wanted in a series of murders in Florida will receive “every penny” of the $110,000 reward, Tampa’s police chief said Friday.
Delonda Walker will be rewarded for her efforts, which led to the arrest of 24-year-old Emanuel Donaldson III in the serial killings in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa, The Tampa Bay Times reported.
Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan said Donaldson, 24, gave Walker -- a co-worker at McDonald’s -- a food bag Tuesday that contained a .40-caliber Glock before leaving to visit an Amscot. When Walker realized what was inside, she told a police officer who happened to be in the restaurant.
Donaldson faces four counts of murder in the deaths of Benjamin Mitchell, 22; Monica Hoffa, 32; Anthony Naiboa, 20; and Ronald Felton, 60.
“We would not be here today with this killer in custody if it weren’t for the courage of one individual who just happened to be working at a local McDonald’s,” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said at a news conference.
Buckhorn read a statement from Walker, who said she wanted to do the right thing, the Times reported.
“Receiving a reward never entered my mind,” she said. “Looking back, I’m grateful to know I was assisting law enforcement.”
On Thursday afternoon, Hoffa’s father, Kenny, went to the McDonald’s to thank Walker in person, the Times reported. Several hours later, Naiboa’s father, Anthony Naiboa, met with Walker.
“We hugged her and told her she is our hero,” Naiboa said.