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Wal-Mart Parking Lot Dragging Victim Dies; Suspect Arrested

Updated March 14, 2011 at 10:20 a.m.

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – What began as a purse snatching at a North Texas Wal-Mart store has led to a capital murder charge.

A 76-year-old woman, who was dragged by a pickup through a parking lot, has died from her injuries. Fabra Leavy was dragged 40 yards before she fell to the ground and was run over on March 9.

Leavy was able to talk afterward and told investigators the man driving the truck grabbed her purse and took off while her arm was still caught in the strap.

On Saturday, police arrested 28-year-old Rogelio Belmonte of Denton for the crime.  He’s sitting in the Dallas County jail, charged with capital murder. His bond is just over $500,000.

The incident happened at the Lake Highlands Wal-Mart on Forest Lane and a video surveillance camera captured the entire thing.

Investigators found the pickup involved in the attack and began watching it. As police watched the vehicle they saw a man and a woman, both in their early 20s, get in the truck. The two were taken in to custody and are being questioned by police.

  • Elainehawk

    This person, should face the death penalty or at the very least spend the rest of their life in jail. anyone that would even grab a purse from someone in the first place deserves maximum punishment, they obviously donot have a conscience

    • Ladayshana Walker

      execute execute execute thats no excuse that lady was minding her own business.

      • Carla G.

        Get A rope!!

  • Ani

    I was so saddened to hear about the assault on Ms. Leavy. I can’t begin to even fathom how the need for a fast buck could justify the killing of a lady that could be anyone’s mother or grandmother. Praying for her family, and praying that the man who did it will be caught and prosecuted.

  • clairbloom

    Why I believe in the concealed weapons law.

    • Joseph

      She would have had the weapon in her purse. Don’t exaggerate the usefulness of concealed weapons. And remember, the person driving the pickup truck would have a weapon as well, and his would have been at the ready.

      • Julie

        @TFuller–do you really think if the perp wasn’t able to get a legal carry permit that would prevent him from carrying a gun in the first place?? You really think everyone who has a gun has a permit for it?? If you do,you’re either stupid or naive. Joseph was right–her gun would have been in her purse, had she had a concealed permit–and then in the hands of the criminal. And also–it’s “RIDICULOUS’. Open a damn book, ffs.

      • Iceman

        Yes, if she had a concealed weapons permit, she might have had a gun in her purse where it would not have helped in this situation. But maybe some other witnesses who were law abiding permit holders would have seen this happen and emptied a few clips into the cab of the truck which would have stopped the thief dead in his tracks. Your stupid comment indicates the criminal would have played by the rules in the first place and had a legal permit for a gun. Criminal don’t bother to get permits, only guns if they want them.

      • T Fuller

        you anti gun folks always have the most redicules arguments. First, the criminal would likely already have a record so would not be issued a legal carry permit. Tell me one instance of an undeserved shooting by a legal carry person! ? just one???

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  • Myndee

    This makes me SICK. I hate a thief. Who with any kind of soul wants to steal from an old lady? These people are evil. I hope they fry for this.

  • Amber

    This is terrible to hear how could someone do this to a elderly woman. That’s one reason why when I go to stores don’t try to talk to me, don’t try to offer me anything, don’t ask me for nothing. Not interested. U hate to be like this but people have ulterior motives that can get u hurt or killed. This again is sad. I agree with the first comment they should get the max punishment.

  • lulu

    My heart goes out to this womans family. As for the people that did this HOW COULD U NOT FEEL SORRY FOR DRAGGING AN OLD LADY???????


    The penalty should be death by dragging…just like they did her!

    • Donta

      I agree

    • Cheryl Richardson

      OMG!! I totally agree!…A public dragging is what he deserves. He ran over her. If he don’t get the death penalty, which he should, sentence carried out immediately, he should live a horrible nightmare in prison.

  • Randall Towry

    I point you to the scriptures, which says in the last days people will so what seems right in their own eyes. This man or woman was more enamoured of money than life. This elderly woman did nothing worth death but the actor/s had NO regard for life, and should be judged accordingly, as scripture demands!

  • Stephanie

    really? the cop gets dragged kills his assailant and he’s power hungry? get real!

    • RevJL

      difference here is that the people protesting the cops are just media hungry ghetto rats that see their opportunity to get their faces on TV …….. they don’t care about justice …… just getting on the evening news.

  • LComfort

    Death penalty X 2

  • Michelle

    Barbara, I think it was very sad that the police officer shot the man in front of his children, but what should he have done (what would you have done) let the man keep dragging him until he was badly mained or killed? I am sick and tired of people always defending the person who was breaking the law and not defending the person who is trying to enforce the law. Something is definitely wrong with a lot of people’s perspective these days. The perpetators have more rights than the victims!! What a world we live in!!!

  • Mike

    That’s why he shot him, because he had a family to go home too. The same thing should of happened to the man that killed this woman. Of course people as Barbara don’t have the intelligence to know the difference.

  • BecauseICare

    You must be as stupid as you look in print. Morons like you keep the prisons doors open.

  • Dyanii

    Well. that will be somthing they will remember not to do! So they wont grow up be a thief or a druggie! Remember what you said about cops next time your man hitting you! wait don’t bother let your man knock some brains in to you!

  • Danny

    Amen brother,we’re living in the last days !

  • Appallled

    I’ve seen the Lake Highlands neighborhood and parts of Dallas fall very quickly in the last few years. My take is that it’s our visiting “friends” from New Orleans who’ve taken up permanent residence here. They’re not like those who went before. They’re malevolent and need to be put down like the Jamaicans and others who terrorized Dallas in the past. I’m packing from now on. I’ve shopped at that same Wally-Mart, for Chrissakes.

    • Dyanii


  • meme

    Damn I was just there today

  • Cin

    What a LOSER!!!!!! Hope they find the low life that did this horrible crime…

  • Sonny

    KILL THEM NOW!!!!!!!!! Save tax payers money!!

  • preppieone

    They are POS’s and to think their parent’s are so proud of the garbage they raised and unleashed upon our society… They were raised to milk the welfare system–Im sure!

  • PreppieOne

    The POS’s were welfare recipient’s — their POS’s parent’s didn’t teach them how if you want something WORK FOR IT!

  • Cindy H.

    What a very sad tragedy! I was hoping Ms.Leavy would survive and recover. The sub-humans who did this to this innocent old lady should get the death penalty. What a sad story!! I pray that she is in heaven now in a better place. Those evil sick people will get payback from God and the justice system!

  • Mili V.

    Chop Off Their Hands Off For Stealing & Then Jail Time Come On America When Are These Criminals Going To Learn….

  • Cathleen

    Anyone remember the dragging death of a little boy? NEVER leave your kids in the car….for a SECOND!!

  • Jean

    Death Penalty!!!!!!!!!

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