Fake Interpreter Crashes Tampa Police News Conference

Tampa police say fake interpreter was signing at Seminole Heights news conference

The night Tampa police announced an arrest in the Seminole Heights killer case, an uninvited sign language interpreter relayed a confusing message to the deaf and hard-of-hearing, a TPD spokesperson said Monday.

The department has periodically used sign language interpreter during this case because the mother of one of the four victims is deaf.

The fake interpreter, identified by police as Derlyn Roberts, showed up to a news conference last Tuesday claiming to be the sign language interpreter. She provided an interpretation during Chief Brian Dugan’s remarks about the pending arrest of Howell Donaldson III in connection with the murders of four people in Southeast Seminole Heights.

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