UPDATE: Female Arrested for Attempted Robbery at Bank of America
On July 18, 2018, Evelyn Misumi, a 36-year-old female, entered the Bank of America branch at
113 E. FM544 and poured lighter fluid and gasoline on the lobby floor and demanded cash.
The call was received by MPD dispatch at 1:24 p.m. and the suspect was placed into custody at
1:28 p.m. Bank of America employees were the reporting party. When Murphy PD arrived, they
were able to identify the suspect based on the description given by the reporting party. The
suspect was not a customer of the Bank of America. There were not any customers inside the
bank at the time of the incident; there were customers in the drive-thru.
The suspect had jumped the counter and was trying to gain access to the cash drawers. She was
unable to access the cash drawers. She pulled other drawers out and onto the ground. Nothing
was broken in the bank. No cash was taken.
Upon arrival of MPD, the suspect ran out of the bank towards her car. Murphy Police Chief
Cotten explained why Murphy police officers used Taser and pepper spray on the suspect, “The
suspect was attempting to commit an aggravated robbery and was armed with a hammer and was non-compliant to officers’ commands.” The Taser proved unsuccessful, so officers used pepper spray on the suspect. The officers did draw their guns. Chief Cotten said, “The suspect began to rifle through her vehicle. It was unknown if she was going for a weapon.” The officers did not know there was a baby in the vehicle when the suspect went to her vehicle. When she reached her car, she pulled a baby out of the vehicle and attempted to use the child as a shield. She eventually surrendered.
Chief Cotten said MPD officers were able to remove the baby from the suspect, “Safely as a
team.” At the time of the incident it was unclear if the baby was the suspect’s child. It has since
been confirmed that the baby is the suspect’s eight-month-old son.
Murphy Fire Rescue Department Fire Marshall, Perry Elliott provided the following information
on MFRD’s response to this incident, “Q191 (1 officer & 2 firefighter’s) was dispatched to the
location for a fuel spill. While enroute, Q191 was advised that there was a patient on scene so
M191 (2 paramedics) was added to the call. After further information, C192 (Assistant Fire
Chief) and FM191 (Fire Marshal) were added to the call. Q191 arrived on scene and was told
that there was an attempted bank robbery at the location. Q191 driver was handed an eight month old child that had pepper spray in its eyes. Q191 driver proceeded to flush out the baby's eyes. M191 arrived on scene and took over patient care. The child was transported to Children's Plano by M191. There were multiple officers that needed their eyes flushed with saline, so Q191
assisted them. Q191 then stood by while PD did their investigation. CERT was called out to
assist with rehab. FM191 conducted his investigation as well. All units cleared and returned to
Possible charges are aggravated robbery, child endangerment and attempted arson. The suspect
did have a way to light the liquids she poured in the lobby of the bank. The attempted arson
investigation is being headed up by the fire marshal’s office; MPD is heading up the
investigation into the other charges.
An eyewitness, who works in Murphy and had gone to Chick-fil-a next to the Bank of America
for lunch, said he pulled into the Chick-fil-a parking lot at the same time MPD was arriving at
the Bank of America. He said from his point of view he was unsure if the weapons he saw drawn
were Tasers or guns. He said, “Once she realized she had been caught, she just accepted it.”
When Chief Cotten arrived on scene, he described the suspect as appearing calm.
MPD transported the suspect to Collin County Sheriff’s Office.
(Pictured Above) Murphy police officers arrested a female for attempted robbery of the Bank of
America. In this photo, a Murphy officer holds the suspect’s eight-month-old son. Photo
provided by an eyewitness.