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North Texas Woman Arrested After Using Child As Shield Following Attempted Bank Robbery

MURPHY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) - A woman went into the Bank of America branch Wednesday at 113 E. FM 544 in Murphy, Texas and poured lighter fluid and gasoline on the lobby floor and demanded cash.

Murphy Police said alert tellers and office personnel called 911 at around 1:25 p.m., and when Murphy officers arrived on the scene, the 36-year-old suspect, Evelyn Misumi, was heading out of the building toward her car.

attempted bank robbery in Murphy
attempted bank robbery in Murphy (Chopper11)

"Police elected not to draw weapons as no immediate danger to themselves or surrounding individuals was apparent," the department said in a news release. "They did, however, attempted to impede her escape by tasing her. When that proved unsuccessful, officers used pepper spray on the woman."

Police said when Misumi reached her car, she pulled a small child out of the vehicle and attempted to use the child as a shield. She eventually surrendered.

She was arrested and booked into the Collin County Detention Center where she remains. She is charged with robbery and endangering a child.

Evelyn Misumi
Evelyn Misumi (Facebook)

Out of an abundance of caution, the child was taken to Children's Medical Center to ensure that the child did not suffer any consequences from the pepper spray that had been used on the woman.

No injuries were reported.

Murphy is about 25 miles north of Dallas.

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