Arrest Made in Thomasville Walmart Shooting

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Thomasville police say 17-year-old Johnathan Brown has confessed to shooting and robbing Mark Sbarra outside of the Wal-Mart in Thomasville on April 2nd.

"The Thomasville Police Department assisted the Thomas County Sheriff's Office in reference to a suspicious person who had possibly stolen a van. The sheriff's office attempted to make a traffic stop on the suspect," said Lt. Eric Hampton of the Thomasville Police Department.

That's when police say Brown wrecked the stolen van. He then attempted to get away on foot on 19 South, but was caught near the train tracks early Monday morning.

"While in custody and during the questioning and interrogation, Mr. Brown has confessed to several crimes," said Hampton.

Police say Brown was wanted not only for the armed robbery at the Wal-Mart in Thomaville, but also for a rash of other crimes throughout Thomas County including another shooting.

Thomasville Police and the Thomas County Sheriff's Office confirm that late last month, Brown was connected to a robbery at Georgia Car Credit. Police say he also confessed to an attempted robbery and shooting at a Publix and the armed robbery at the Walmart in Thomasville. Deputies say he also stole two vehicles during the crime spree.

"We really didn't realize he was as young as he was when we started to pursue him, but it was sort of a surprise," said Hampton.

Thomasville, Georgia -- April 3, 2012 -

Thomasville Police Department has released the name of the man who was shot at Wal-Mart early Monday morning.

Police say Mark Sbarra is being identified as the man who was sweeping up the Wal-Mart parking lot at around 2 a.m. Monday morning. According to police, Sbarra was shot in the back and struck while on the ground before being robbed of his wallet by an unkown assailant. He is still in the hospital and is expected to be ok.

The Thomasville Police Department is now offering a $3,000 reward leading to the arrest of the suspect. He is described as 5'9 to 6'0 black male with dreadlocks possibly being worn in a ponytail and has an injury to one of his hands.

Thomasville, Georgia -- April 2, 2012 -

A man just doing his job outside of Wal-Mart in Thomasville Monday morning was the victim of a brutal attack.

"Officers responded to Wal-Mart in reference to a robbery with possible shots fired, upon arriving there was a victim that had indeed been shot," said Lt. Eric Hampton of the Thomasville Police Department.

A 51 year-old Thomasville man who's name has not been released was found in the parking lot. He was transported to Archbold hospital and is now in stable condition.

Police say they believe the victim was shot more than one time, assaulted while on the ground, and robbed of his wallet.

Investigators say surveillance video shows the suspect driving a stolen vehicle around the parking lot. They believe he then hid and waited for the victim.

The stolen vehicle has since been recovered. The police department has also released information on the man they believe to be the suspect.

"Suspects is going to be described as a black male between 5'9 and 6'. He has five to six inch dreadlocks, and he's going to wear this possibly in a ponytail behind his head. We believe the suspect also has an injury to one of his hands."

Detectives believe the injury was sustained during a robbery in Thomas County late last week.

Police are asking anyone with information on a man who fits the description to come forward. They can also contact Crime Stoppers in Thomasville anonymously at 229-227-3305

Thomasville, Georgia - April 2, 2012 -

Thomasville Police are searching for a man who they say shot another person at Wal-mart. Police say the victim of the shooting was cleaning the parking lot around 2 a.m. Monday morning when the suspect approached him and demanded his wallet. The victim tried to get away but was shot in the back. The suspect then hit the victim while he was on the ground and fled with the wallet. The victim is now at Archbold Memorial Hospital and is listed in stable condition.

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 at 08:57 AM
    it was not Bashoddrick.
  • by Hussain on Apr 3, 2012 at 04:41 AM
    If I had a a son he would look like the victim....
  • by huh on Apr 2, 2012 at 09:36 PM
    Where is the rally for justice folks at when crime is reversed? Does it only work one way? Hope police catch shooter quickly. I know some good folks in Thomasville will help solve this one. Crimestoppers may pay for your tip.
  • by Proudwhite Location: Thomasville on Apr 2, 2012 at 06:19 PM
    I think it's time for us whites to have a rally. They can have the NAACP but we can't have the KKK? That's racism!!!
    • reply
      by Belinda on Apr 2, 2012 at 10:02 PM in reply to Proudwhite
      Are you kidding me? I think you should find a time machine and head back to the 1800s because you are clearly in the wrong century. This has nothing to do with race. If there was a black person in the parking lot and they were an easy target they probably would have been robbed too. It's sad that something like this happened and I hope the person is caught. And for the record I'm white.
      • reply
        by PROUD BLACK on Apr 3, 2012 at 09:20 AM in reply to Belinda
        • reply
          by grannie on Apr 6, 2012 at 05:46 PM in reply to PROUD BLACK
          yup u r so right she is on the dumb side and i am white
      • reply
        by God bless America on Apr 3, 2012 at 05:18 PM in reply to Belinda
  • by RON Location: SOUTH GEORGIA on Apr 2, 2012 at 05:47 PM
    Everyone who can get a permit should be carring a weapon everywhere they go day and night, exercise your legal right to protect yourself and family, always be aware of your surroundings, never put your life in jeopardy,if you can back away from danger do so, but never trun your back!!!
  • by Brandon P Location: Thomasville on Apr 2, 2012 at 05:24 PM
    Where is our justice, I want rallys and national coverage. By the way, if you watch the documentary "Walmart : the high cost for low prices" you'll know those cameras aren't for the customers, they are installed to insure groups of employees dont gather in order to prevent unions from forming. Its free online, go watch its interesting.
  • by here we go again.. on Apr 2, 2012 at 05:18 PM
    if he was black...don't profile. Look for whites, or whatever. Not black. Ask Al Sharpton..he is the expert.
  • by Jane on Apr 2, 2012 at 03:52 PM
    What time can we expect Air Force One to land with Obama, Jesse, and Al?
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 at 09:21 AM in reply to Jane
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 at 09:23 AM in reply to Jane
  • by lo Location: T/V on Apr 2, 2012 at 03:49 PM
    we need to get up a group and march, get on tv,,call in al and jessie ,,those things will not happen ,,I heard the man that got shot was white and a black shot him,,,just like the old white man shot and killed by 3 black males 2 weeks ago ,,,No marches,very little tv and no black Pat, ot jessie and al,,,mummm
  • by Mark on Apr 2, 2012 at 03:47 PM
    Uh! What color is the shooter?
  • Page:
WCTV 1801 Halstead Blvd. Tallahassee, FL 32309
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 145802845 -
Gray Television, Inc.