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Cops: Bank Teller's Signal Led to Violent Robbery Attempt

Houston police say woman alerted accomplices who tried to steal $75K withdrawal
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2018 2:27 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A woman withdrew $75,000 in cash from a Houston bank minutes before she was brutally attacked at her family's gas station, where she runs a check-cashing business. It was no coincidence, according to police, who say a 25-year-old Wallis State Bank employee was involved. Police allege Shelby Taylor Wyse watched the unidentified victim withdraw the money around 9:30am Friday before texting her boyfriend a "go signal," reports KTRK. The boyfriend, 27-year-old Travonn Johnson, and another man, 31-year-old Davis Mitchell, allegedly followed the woman before attacking in an attempt to take her purse, in a scene caught on surveillance video.

Police say the video shows that Mitchell emerged from the back seat of an SUV before attacking the woman, whose husband soon gets involved, reports the Houston Chronicle. Johnson subsequently emerges from a black car and is seen kicking at the pair before getting back in the car and reversing over them, police allege. Mitchell was arrested at the scene, reports the Kansas City Star, while police say the license plate of the car driven by Johnson led them to Wyse, its leaseholder. All three suspects—police are also searching for the SUV's driver—face robbery charges. The woman, who never let go of her purse, was listed in critical condition but is expected to survive. The extent of her husband's injuries was not clear. (Read more robbery stories.)

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