Man who allegedly hit child, woman in their faces and fired gun into truck — all amid brawl he started — is arrested after nearly year and a half on the loose


A man who allegedly hit a child and a woman in their faces and fired a gun into a truck during a brawl he apparently instigated almost a year and a half ago finally was arrested this week.

Memphis police told TheBlaze Friday a warrant for the arrest of Ronneill Ross was issued April 6, 2021 — and he was located and arrested Wednesday.

What is the background?

Four people and a child were in a U-Haul truck in the 700 block of Gilleas Road to retrieve furniture on April 1, 2021, WHBQ-TV reported.

A man and some neighbors approached one of the women and the child — her sister — and began making flirtatious comments toward them, the station said, citing an affidavit.

Another woman told the man to stop talking to her children, WHBQ reported.

The man — identified as Ross — allegedly told the woman “f*** you and your children because mine on the way, and I’ve got something for y’all a**,” the station said.

After Ross’ son and daughter arrived, the daughter hit one of the victims, and a fight broke out, WHBQ reported, citing the affidavit.

During the fight, Ross allegedly hit one of the women in the face and in the back of the head, the station said, adding that records show he also hit the child in the face.

Another person told police Ross swung at him, WHBQ reported.

The station said, citing the affidavit, that someone gave a handgun to Ross, after which he pointed it at someone in the U-Haul while standing in front of it.

WHBQ added that he allegedly fired a shot into the truck’s radiator while people were standing around the truck.

The station said Ross and his children fled before Memphis police arrived.

The victims gave written statements and identified Ross in a photo lineup April 4, WHBQ reported.

Now what?

Shelby County Jail records indicate that Ross, who’s 43 years old, was charged with five counts of aggravated assault, all felonies, and two counts of reckless endangerment, which are misdemeanors. He’s also charged with one count of misdemeanor assault.

Jail records also show his bond was set at $50,000, and his next court date is scheduled for Nov. 3.


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