Nabbing bank robbery suspect leads to award for patrol officer

Officer Misty Boyette \
Officer Misty Boyette \ Columbus Police Department

When an armed robbery suspect emerged from the Carver Park woods in July, officer Misty Boyette was waiting for him.

Efforts by Boyette and other responding officers led to the arrest of a 41-year-old Columbus man in the Wells Fargo Bank holdup. The arrest led to her selection as Officer of the Month for August at the Columbus Police Department.

“I’m very humbled and grateful that they recognized my work in the department,” Boyette said of her first honor. “If it wasn’t for other officers and the hard work of dispatchers to capture the suspect, it would not have been possible. Everybody pushed him together.”

Shortly after an alarm went off at the 5590 Milgen Road bank, the first officer at the business gave other officers information on the suspect and a description of the vehicle.

After learning the direction of the stolen vehicle, Boyette and other officers were directed to Carver Park, at the dead end of Hunter Road. She spotted the suspect walking from that area before he was detained. He was later identified as the suspect in the bank holdup.

Boyette’s supervisor said she doesn’t have to worry about the officer completing tasks.

“She is very aggressive and believes in what she does,” Police Sgt. Debra Bailey said. “She enjoys working with the department and her squad.”

Boyette, 33, doesn’t see herself in another job.

“This is my calling,” she said. “This is definitely something I will be vested in for the rest of my life. It’s more than just a career.”

She has embraced the concept of community policing. Boyette recalled working with a troubled juvenile who improved after she started keeping up with him.

“I would go over and talk to him,” she said. “I was definitely pleased that he got a job and he’s going into the military.”