Identified as 25-year-old Nilsa Marie Urena and dubbed the “Freedom Fighter Bandit” by the FBI — she’s believed to be robbing banks in Georgia for a cause but they’re unsure of what exact cause.
Over the last few months she and a male accomplice have been robbing banks and as one Facebook commenter noted: “She taking Trump’s money and Giving it to all the immigrants. Power to the Queen”
It seems that somewhere out there in the Atlanta area she is seen as a modern-day Robin Hood figure though clearly she is mislead.
Though not everyone shares the same sentiment. “Well I think the cause is for her own good you know can’t be like Robin Hood take from the rich and give to the poor, wrong is wrong,” said Douglasville resident John Torrence.
“If they are robbing banks, they’re robbing banks. It doesn’t matter what their cause is they need to be caught,” said local resident Alan Ballingall.
Where, when, and why did the FBI create the “Freedom Fighter” identity for the woman? I can’t find why yet but I’ll keep searching. It leads me to believe that they know something that has not been released to the public. Otherwise, she seems to have told people “it’s for a cause”.
Despite this, FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett was asked point blank if they know WHO she is stealing it for. “No, we don’t. That’s a good question. We’ll be asking her when we have her in custody,” said Emmett.
David J. LeValley, special agent in charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, has released photos of the suspect with the hopes that the public can help lead to her arrest.
Thus far she has robbed:
-Hamilton State Bank Dallas Georgia
-BB&T Bank, 4464 Atlanta Hwy, Loganville, GA on Jan. 19, 2018
-First National Bank, 1501 W. McIntosh Road, Griffin, GA on Dec. 13, 2017
-First Citizens Bank, 36 GA-72, Comer, GA on Dec. 4, 2017
-Bank of the Ozarks, 9001 Hospital Drive, Douglasville, GA on Nov. 3, 2017
-Georgia’s Own Credit Union, 2437 Loganville Hwy, Grayson, GA on Nov. 3, 2017
-Citizen Trust Bank, 2727 Panola Road, Lithonia, GA on Nov. 1, 2017
-Associated Credit Union, 5032 Old Grant Road, Ellenwood, GA on Oct. 30, 2017
And the following attempted robbery:
-Wells Fargo Bank, 6063 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, GA on Oct. 30, 2017
There is a reward being offered for information that leads to Urena’s arrest.
Anyone with information regarding Urena’s location or the identity of the male suspects should
contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta at (404) 577-TIPS (8477).