The McDonald’s manager who turned over the gun used in four Tampa murders — leading police to the alleged serial killer — is going to receive “every penny” of her promised $110,000 reward even though she didn’t report her discovery through the city’s official tip line, officials said on Friday.
The employee, Delonda Walker, had been told by Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay that they would not be giving her the $5,000 portion of the bounty they promised on account of her mistake.
But they changed their minds this week after being criticized online.
“She will receive all $110,000,” Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan told reporters.
Walker worked with suspect Howell Donaldson, who gave her a bag of food that also contained the gun allegedly used in four killings from Oct. 9 to Nov. 14.
She released a statement describing her role in the apprehension.
“I went to work on Tuesday intending to serve customers and do my job. The day turned out very differently,” the statement said. “When confronted with this situation, I wanted to do the right thing and I reached out to a nearby police officer. Receiving a reward never entered my mind. Looking back, I am grateful to know I was helpful in assisting law enforcement . . . Please know I appreciate all the well wishes and the kind words of our community.”