Woman spreads gasoline, shields with child in bank heist try

DALLAS (AP) — Police say a woman spread gasoline and lighter fluid on the floor of a Dallas-area bank during an attempted robbery, then used a small child as a shield when officers tried to arrest her.

The woman’s identity hasn’t been released, but Police Chief Arthur Cotten in the northern Dallas suburb of Murphy says she’s charged with aggravated robbery and child endangerment. He said no cash was taken.

Police say the woman spread the flammable liquids and demanded cash at a Bank of America branch in Murphy on Wednesday. When she fled toward her car as authorities arrived, police used a shock gun and pepper spray on her without effect. Instead, police said she pulled an infant from the vehicle and used the child as a shield.