Parking lot purse-snatching victim dies in Dallas; suspect nabbed

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Posted on March 12, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 14 at 4:37 PM

Fatal purse-snatching

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DALLAS — A 76-year-old woman who was dragged by a purse-snatcher in Dallas earlier this week has died.

Within hours of her death, police said they arrested a suspect.

Rogelio C. Belmonte, 28, was arrested and has been charged in this crime.

Surveillance video showed what happened to Sabra Leavy late Wednesday afternoon as she was walking back to her car after returning a shopping cart at the Walmart on Forest Lane at LBJ Freeway.

Police said Belmonte was in a Ford F-150 pickup truck when he started talking to her, then grabbed her purse and drove off.

Leavy, who was still clutching the beige purse, was dragged about 40 yards before she fell and was run over. She died of her injuries on Saturday afternoon.

Police said Saturday they arrested a man who will face capital murder charges. He was not identified pending lineup identifications.

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