Misty Holt-Singh was used as a human shield during the California bank robbery that ended with three people dead.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, a different man robbed the bank where his girlfriend works in order to afford an engagement ring.
The three bank robbers targeted the Bank of the West Branch and took female hostages at gunpoint, including Misty Holt-Singh. The 41-year-old woman had run into the bank while leaving her 12-year-old daughter Mia behind the in car, thinking she would only be a minute or two before returning. Instead, when the bank robbers stole a SUV and took off in a high-speed chase which ended in Misty’s death.
Holt-Singh’s cousin, Stephanie Miller Rodriguez, said that Misty and Mia had originally planned on meeting her at a local salon:
“She and Mia were coming to get their hair done, but she didn’t show up. I texted her on her cell phone and her daughter texted me back saying that the bank was being held up and that her mom had been taken hostage. I came home thinking she was OK because Mia had her phone, but found out later that she was killed in the gunfire. I’ve just been in a state of shock since then.”
Stockton Police Officer Joe Silva said robber Jaime Ramos used Misty Holt-Singh as a human shield during the car chase. The bank robber was not injured during the gun fight and it is currently unclear who actually shot Holt-Singh, whether it be the bank robbers or police officers. The other two hostages in the SUV were also shot and thrown from the vehicle but they are expected to survive their injuries.
In an interview with Fox 40, another cousin calling himself Devin J. claimed the police did not handle the California bank robbery correctly:
“They had plenty of opportunities to stop it because they were going into Stockton this way and that. They had plenty of time to lay down tracks (spike strips) and whoever the dispatcher was didn’t want to lay down the tracks. They wanted to wait until SWAT (could arrive). That’s not right when you can stop something from the beginning. That’s what they should have done — not speed it in and out of Stockton to highway 12. That’s not right.”
Regardless of who actually shot Misty Holt-Singh, her sister-in-law Kumal Sidhu Singh says, “Today, a mother, wife, daughter and sister was taken from our family in a senseless tragedy. If there is a bigger plan, I really don’t understand. Our hearts are shattered… and our family will never again be the same.”