One Arrested, One Still at Large in 2003 Murder Case

The normally peaceful A&B Food Store on Valdosta's Hill Avenue was violently attacked on October 15, 2003.

Valdosta police say in the past week, tips led them to 17-year-old Tobee Bradley. He was arrested, and investigators say he has admitted to shooting and killing the store owner, Natavarlal Patel, during the robbery attempt.

Brian Childress, Valdosta police spokesman, says, "We are now charging him with felony murder; we're charging him with possession of a firearm while committing a crime and aggravated battery."

While police say they have the main shooter in custody, officials need your help in tracking down Roger Ponder, who is accused of assisting Bradley in shooting Patel and his son.

Patel's son was lucky enough to survive being shot during the incident at the A&B Food Store, and while he no longer works at this location, he tells the employees here now that he's very glad to see the main suspect in custody and he's looking forward to when the second suspect is brought in as well.

Childress says, "We're not going to rest until he's in custody either. We want to be able to take both suspects and present them to the district attorney."

Valdosta police hope everyone in our viewing area took a look at Ponder's picture, because he could be anywhere in the southeast at this point, and officials consider him dangerous.


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