Woman Wanted In Crossville Bank Robbery Arrested In Nashville

Posted at 8:00 PM, Feb 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-05 14:33:58-05

A Pennsylvania woman was arrested in Nashville after a bank robbery in Crossville.

Officials with the Crossville Police Department and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office responded to a bank robbery just after 11 a.m. Saturday at the Upper Cumberland Federal Credit Union on Livingston Road.

Authorities said the suspect had fled from the scene.

A joint investigation brought together officials from the Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They were able to find and arrest the woman in Nashville about two hours after the robbery.

On Monday, authorities identified the suspect as 25-year-old Nilsa Marie Urena, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They confirmed she had been arrested near a Greyhound Bus Terminal in Nashville on Saturday.

She had used a car service to get to Nashville. Authorities contacted the owner of the car service and told him he was transporting a bank robbery suspect. That's how they tracked her down in Nashville.

Reports stated it’s believed Urena may have been involved in other bank robberies. Police called her the "Freedom Fighter Bandit."

Officials said she was being sought by the FBI in bank robberies in Georgia. She could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

The investigation remained ongoing with the FBI.