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UPDATE: Man charged with violent crime speaks to WSAZ from jail

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Published: Mar. 20, 2017 at 11:57 AM EDT
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UPDATE 3/20/2017 @ 5:30 p.m.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ)-- A man has been charged after he allegedly hit a woman with a vehicle after she tried to stop him from leaving a store after shoplifting.

Scott Dingess, 47, of St. Albans is the man charged and he tells WSAZ that he's innocent.

Dingess is charged with malicious or unlawful assault and a misdemeanor count of shoplifting at Gabe's in Huntington on March 11th.

"I got children I don't need to go to jail for something I didn't do," Dingess said on Monday.

Dingess admitted his wife, April Dingess, was trying to steal from the store.

Mrs. Dingess was arrested on March 11th and charged with robbery.

According to her criminal complaint, she was stopped by loss prevention officers at the door. Police say she tried to get away and hurt loss prevention officers in the process.

Scott Dingess said that while this was happening, he took his two small children to their car.

That's when a woman wouldn't let him back out of his parking space.

The woman tells police that he he backed up into her knee, but Dingess denies this happened.

He told WSAZ that he managed to get around her.

According to Scott Dingess' criminal complaint, he was trying to get away from store employees after he took items. This is another claim that Dingess denies.

He said that he didn't take anything from the store.

WSAZ reached out to both Huntington Police and Gabe's for security video of the incident.

Gabe's directed us to go through Huntington Police and HPD said if there is video of the incident it will not be released.

Dingess was arrested by St. Albans Police and placed in the South Central Regional Jail.

St. Albans Police say he was pulled over for improper registration.

Dingess' charges out of St. Albans include possession of a syringe, driving with a suspended license, driving with no insurance and registration and having fraudulent motor vehicle inspection.

ORIGINAL STORY

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man has been charged after he allegedly hit a woman with a vehicle after she tried to stop him from leaving a store after shoplifting.

Scott Dingess, 47, of St. Albans, is charged with malicious or unlawful assault and a misdemeanor count of shoplifting.

According to the criminal complaint, Dingess was trying to get away from store employees after he took items from a store in the 3100 block of Route 60 in Huntington.

A woman saw the struggle taking place and left the store to try and stop Dingess.

According to the criminal complaint, the woman then stood behind the vehicle Dingess was driving. Dingess told her if she didn't move that he was going to run her over.

Dingess then put the car in reverse and started backing up toward the woman.

According to the criminal complaint, the woman was able to get out of the way in time, but she was hit in the knee by the vehicle's bumper.

Dingess then left the area and didn't try to help the woman he hit.

The woman suffered minor injuries.

Dingess was later arrested by St. Albans Police and placed in the South Central Regional Jail.

St. Albans Police say he was pulled over for improper registration.

Dingess' charges out of St. Albans include possession of a syringe, driving with a suspended license, driving with no insurance and registration and having fraudulent motor vehicle inspection.

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