MURPHY, Texas - A woman who tried to rob a bank in Collin County used a child as a human shield and threatened to set the building on fire, police say.
Murphy police say Evelyn Misumi, 36, poured gasoline and lighter fluid in the lobby of a Bank of America branch in the 100 block of E. FM 544 about 1:30 p.m. and threatened to light it when she demanded money.
Murphy police arrived in time to confront Misumi outside of the building. They used pepper spray and a Taser to prevent her from running away. She managed to make it to her car and pull a small child out, which she used as a human shield before eventually surrendering. Since Misumi had the child in her hands, police did not draw their guns.
Cell phone video captured the moment officers tried to stop Misumi from escaping by tasing her. When that didn’t work, they used pepper spray to try to subdue her.
Video shows that's when Misumi reached into her car and pulled an infant out and attempted to use the child as a human shield. Officers were able to get the infant away from her and arrested her.
The child was taken to a hospital for evaluation, but is not believed to have been seriously injured.
Misumi is being held at the Collin County Detention Center. She is charged with endangering a child and robbery.
No one inside the bank was injured.