UPDATE: Man Charged in Violent Purse Snatching Arrested; Victim Speaks Out

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How Deputies Used License Plate Tracking System to find Suspect

CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas says his deputies were able to track down Ronall Ross, thanks to the License Plate Recognition system in the deputies' cruisers.

The system, which was installed about two years ago, has helped deputies put the pieces together on several crimes.

On Tuesday evening, surveillance video at the Walmart was able to capture part of Ross' license plate. Witnesses also gave information. Deputies were able to take combinations of this information and put it in the LPR system.

After a few tries they found the plates and the vehicle, with similar markings in the LPR database. The database collects information from the LPR cameras from all agencies in Cabell County.

"I passed it (Ross' van) on June 12, 2013, at 6:39 p.m.," Cremeans said.

Ironically enough, it was Cremeans' camera who captured the vehicle Ross was in. The systems are expensive and there are only a handful of them out there. They were purchased through a Homeland Security grant.

The Cabell County Sheriff's Department, Huntington Police, Barboursville Police and Milton Police have the systems. Police tracked down Ross who went to a local hospital as a result of the injuries he suffered during the robbery.

UPDATE 8/22/13 @ 2:19 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Ronall Ross says he doesn't remember snatching a woman's purse and dragging her 200 feet in a Walmart parking lot.

Ross, 43, is facing charges in connection to the violent purse snatching that happened Monday night in a Walmart parking lot.

"I can't remember what happened," Ross said. "I remember getting ready to leave Walmart and that is all I remember."

Ross told WSAZ.com, before he was arraigned Thursday afternoon at the Cabell County Courthouse, that he remembers walking out of Walmart and then waking up in the hospital.

Ross said he was treated for a concussion. He said he has not taken his medication for bipolar disorder in two months. He says he does not drink or take illegal drugs.

Ross admits blacking out from time-to-time. He said he smashed his head in to a wall three days ago.

He said he didn't need money either.

"I was getting some groceries, and the next thing I know, I am in the hospital. With a ventilator in."

After his release from the hospital he was taken to be arraigned on a charge of robbery, two counts of malicious wounding, and two counts of a crash involving death or personal injury.

His bond was set at $55,000 cash.

Two women were hurt in the incident as they fought back against Ross.

To them Ross says this: "I am very sorry for what happened I don't know why it happened."

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UPDATE 8/21/13 @ 12 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – An arrest warrant has been issued for a Kentucky man allegedly involved in what investigators say was a violent purse snatching on the parking lot of the Walmart along U.S. 60 in Huntington.

Cabell County Sheriff's deputies said a woman was walking to her car Tuesday afternoon when a man grabbed her purse, hopped in a van and took off.

The woman did not go down without a fight. Deputies say she chased after the van and grabbed the open door. The suspect didn't stop and ended up dragging the woman about 200 feet.

Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas says an arrest warrant has been issued for Ronall Ross, 43, of Wurtland, Ky.

Ross is currently in a Huntington hospital recovering from injuries he suffered in the incident.

McComas says Ross will be charged with two counts of malicious wounding, once count of robbery and two counts of crashes involving injuries when he is released from the hospital.

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ORIGINAL STORY 8/20/13 11p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Shoppers at a store along U.S. 60 in the Huntington area were stunned to see a violent purse snatching happen in broad daylight Tuesday.

Cabell County Sheriff's deputies said a woman was walking to her car when a man grabbed her purse, hopped in a van and took off.

The woman did not go down without a fight. Deputies say she chased after the van and grabbed the open door. The suspect didn't stop and ended up dragging the woman about 200 feet.

She was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Witnesses were stunned but tried to help.

No one has been arrested. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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