Datha Nation, alleged bank robber and AIDS infection threatener, busted in return to scene
Datha Nation, age 64, apparently gambled on short memories and employee turnover when she returned to a bank she'd allegedly robbed before -- by telling staffers she'd infect them with AIDS -- to stick it up again. And again.
If so, she lost that bet. Longmont Police spokesman Commander Jeff Satur tells the strange story.
"We had a bank robbery on June 9, 2011," recalls Satur, referring to a Wells Fargo branch located in a Longmont Safeway. "She had a note demanding all the money, and it said something about infecting the bank employee with AIDS."
As Satur remembers it, this missive didn't specify Nation's method of AIDS transmission. But this warning was effective anyway. "The robbery was successful," he notes.
Months passed before Nation surfaced again. Then, on March 27, she popped up in precisely the same Wells Fargo where she'd made such an impression the previous year.
"Employees saw her in line," Satur points out. "She had a note with her, I believe. But for whatever reason, she got spooked and left."
Not for long. On Monday afternoon, May 14, "she walked into the bank with a note in her hand," Satur continues. Problem was, "three of the employees there were present during the June 9 robbery, so they immediately recognized her, got on the phone and called 911."
Longmont officers were immediately dispatched, reaching the scene so quickly that Nation was still in her car in the parking lot upon their arrival. Satur: "They searched her car and found a note indicating that the employees were being watched by two other people, and they should give her all the money, but no dye packs."
Hence, Nation's arrest.