Police Officers save baby being held by bank robbery suspect as ‘human shield’
July 21, 2018
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(MURPHY, TEXAS) – Cellphone video (see below) taken by a bystander shows Texas police officers rescuing a baby from a bank robbery suspect who police say used the child as a “human shield.”
Broadcast news reports said 36-year-old suspect Evelyn Misumi walked into a Bank of America branch in Murphy, Texas Wednesday with gasoline and lighter fluid. Murphy is about 25 miles from Dallas.
She allegedly dumped the gasoline and lighter fluid on the floor and demanded cash then tried to run away after realizing employees had called the police.
Officers with the Murphy Police Department were outside the bank by the time she tried to get away, according to a police statement which also said officers did not draw their handguns because it appeared no immediate danger existed to themselves or others in the area, but they did try to impede the suspect’s escape by Tasing her.
“When that proved unsuccessful, officers used pepper spray on the woman,” says the statement.
Despite that effort, Misumi eventually made it to a car and there “pulled a small child out of the vehicle and attempted to use the child as a shield,” police said.
That is when several officers rushed over to rescue the child, as seen in the cell phone video below shot by a bystander.
Police successfully recovered the baby and took the suspect into custody.