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Sign Language Interpreter Shows Up Uninvited at ‘Serial Killer’ News Conference, Signs Complete Gibberish

The woman who acted as a sign language interpreter during a Tampa Police news conference after the arrest of a suspected serial killer was just signing complete gibberish, Inside Edition reports.

On Wednesday, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan held a press conference after Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, 24, was arrested in connection to four murders.

Derlyn Roberts stood next to Dugan, seemingly signing his statement. But police say she was signing complete gibberish.

“She showed up and presented herself as being here to provide interpreter services,” police spokeswoman Janelle McGregor told Inside Edition.

Because the press conference was hastily scheduled, police did not have time to get an interpreter.

“It’s part of something we’re looking into,” she said. “We want to know how she found out about it, if someone hired her to come to the conference.”

McGregor said that no crime has been committed though their attempts to reach Roberts have gone unanswered.

Sign language interpreter Windy Rossi translated what Roberts was actually signing: “Kill 55 million [unintelligible] please [unintelligible] arrest killed [unintelligible] work school work four one kill [unintelligible] three old two four now I will have ask want [unintelligible] about two times night.”

“The deaf community was being left out of important information in their community,” Rossi said.

“We don’t want this to be an issue in the future,” McGregor said. “She will not be coming to any more of our news conferences.”