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Suspect identified in violent robbery attempt on U.S. 60

Aug. 22, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A Kentucky man was under close watch by Cabell County Sheriff's deputies at a local hospital Wednesday evening after investigators identified him as a suspect in a violent attempted purse snatching from the day before.

Ronall Ross, 43, of Wurtland, Ky., faces charges of robbery, unlawful wounding and other charges in connection to the incident that took place Tuesday evening at a retail store in the 3300 block of U.S. 60, said Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas.

Investigators were able to identify Ross as the owner of the suspected vehicle involved in the attempted robbery by using the department's license plate recognition technology, said McComas.

A man approached a woman in her 50s as she was exiting the store just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, and he attempted to steal her pocket book from a shopping cart, said McComas.

The woman resisted, chasing the man back to his vehicle, and the man dragged the woman with his vehicle as he drove away, ultimately striking her with the vehicle before fleeing the scene, said McComas.

The woman was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries, said McComas.

McComas said investigators were able to make out three characters of the suspect vehicle's license plate, and they were able to plug in those characters to the license plate recognition system to get a positive identification on the vehicle.

Investigators recovered the vehicle "in close proximity" to the scene before 3 a.m. Wednesday, and they discovered the man had been hospitalized with injuries that were unrelated to the incident, said McComas.

McComas said the woman did recover her purse as a result of her efforts, but he said her course of action is not recommended by law enforcement.

"Obviously, we recommend people not try to subdue robbers in these situations," said McComas. "I see why she did it, but as law enforcement officers, we can't recommend people do that in those situations."

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