Within hours of a Waco bank robbery, Hannah Sabata posted a YouTube video in which she fans herself with $100 bills and brags about stealing a car and holding up a bank.
The sepia-toned video -- which she named “Chick Bank Robber” -- had been viewed more than 92,000 times by 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and made national headlines.
York and Polk county sheriff’s offices arrested the 19-year-old woman without incident at her home in Stromsburg the day after the Nov. 28 Cornerstone Bank robbery.
Set to a soundtrack of "Warning" and "Minority" by punk rockers Green Day, Sabata uses notes written on an art pad and subtitles to communicate. She boasted of smoking weed; stealing a shiny, silver Pontiac Grand Am; then using a gun, a pillowcase and a note to rob a bank of $6,256.
“I told my mom today was the best day of my life,” Sabata said while holding a large stack of bills. “She just thinks I met a new boy.”
In the video description, Sabata said she planned to pay off her college loans and go on a shopping spree. But police arrested her before she could spend the money and recovered all but $30, York County Sheriff Dale Radcliff said.
Radcliff said the video didn't lead to Sabata's arrest. After the robbery, the sheriff's office distributed pictures of the robber and received multiple phone calls identifying Sabata, including one from her former mother-in-law, according to a warrant for Sabata’s arrest.
The warrant says she handed the teller a note claiming to have a loaded gun, although it’s unclear whether she actually had one.
Deputy sheriffs found a Grand Am believed to have been used in the robbery in Stromsburg and a heart-shaped bracelet on the ground near it with the words “I (heart) Hanna” on it. The car had been reported stolen in York at 2:30 p.m. the day before the robbery.
Sabata ended the video by saying she did it because she was a “victim of the government,” which “stole my baby.”
Sabata lost custody of her son in September 2011.
Sabata has a life-threatening disease and during her pregnancy stopped taking medication that might have prevented her from passing the disease to her baby, according to an affidavit of support for temporary custody written by Tereasa Koenig of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
The affidavit says Sabata has been hospitalized multiple times for mental health issues and diagnosed with schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder and suicidal tendencies.
Last week, York County Attorney Candace Dick charged Sabata with robbery and theft, both felonies.
Sabata’s court-appointed attorney, Nancy Waldron, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
York County Judge Curtis Evans has set Sabata’s bail at 10 percent of $300,000. She remained in jail Tuesday evening.