Reward Sought in Homicide Investigation

June 1, 2017 11:23 a.m.


Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division are seeking new information in the December 9th shooting that left a man wounded. The victim, identified as Jonte Thomas, 37, died on May 1st as a result of the injuries suffered during the shooting incident.

During the early morning hours of December 9th, Thomas and two others were returning home from celebrating Cocoa High School’s State Championship victory which occurred the evening of December 8th. Thomas was driving a white Chevy Impala with two passengers. As they drove north on Fiske and turned left onto Mitchell Street they heard gunshots. Thomas was struck and the passenger in the front seat attempted to render aid as two more shots were fired. The other passenger fled the vehicle in fear for his life. He later returned to provide information to detectives about what he witnessed. Detectives obtained video of the suspect vehicle which appears to be a white Nissan Altima or Maxima, or similar vehicle.

Approximately one week following the Cocoa shooting, another shooting occurred in the Palm Bay area which involved Thomas’ son who witnessed the shooting but was not injured. Detectives have been working with Palm Bay Police to see if there may be a connection to the Thomas homicide. “We need information that can help us put all the pieces together,” said Detective Anthony Colombo. “It’s important for anyone that has information to come forward in order to bring justice in this case.”

Anyone with information that can help solve this case is asked to contact the Central Florida Crimeline at 10800-423-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous and can be eligible for cash rewards of up to $5,000 in this cas