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Man critically injured his girlfriend after mistaking her for rivals they were fighting at nightclub

By Mason White 6:29 AM January 2, 2018
Sonny Mendoza

A man was seen crying in his mugshot after he accidentally wounded his girlfriend who is now fighting for her life.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 32-year-old Sonny Mendoza of Seffner after he critically injured his girlfriend during a fight at a gentlemen’s club.

Deputies were called to the OZ Ladies and Gentlemen’s Nightclub at about 1:15 a.m. for a report of a disturbance outside the business.

When deputies arrived, they found 35-year-old Kara Thobe unresponsive and suffering from head injuries.

Thobe was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

According to detectives, Mendoza and his girlfriend Thobe were outside the gentleman’s club ordering food from a stand when two unidentified women exited the club.

Mendoza and Thobe exchanged words with the two women before the pair went back into the club and returned with two men.

Mendoza, Thobe, the unidentified males, and females got into a verbal argument before things turned physical.

Surveillance video showed Mendoza fighting with the 2 males.

At some point, Mendoza grabbed his girlfriend and threw her to the ground. Mendoza then repeatedly slammed Thobe’s head into the cement floor until witnesses were able to restrain him.

The two unidentified males and the two unidentified females fled the scene before deputies arrived.

Deputies arrested Mendoza and he was charged with one count of aggravated battery.

During an interview with detectives, Mendoza claimed that he mistakenly slammed Thobe into the ground multiple times, thinking he was fighting with one of the males.

Police are looking for the other suspects. The women were described by police as Hispanic or light-skinned black females while the male suspects were identified as two black males.