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Kansas City Man Sentenced to More Than 15 Years for Robbing Bank with Hatchet

U.S. Attorney’s Office March 12, 2014
  • District of Kansas (316) 269-6481

KANSAS CITY, KS—A Kansas City, Missouri man was sentenced Tuesday to 188 months in federal prison for robbing an Overland Park bank with a hatchet, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Derek T. Brownlee, 35, of Kansas City, Missouri, pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery. A criminal complaint filed in July alleged Brownlee was wearing a bandanna over his face and carrying a hatchet on July 1, 2013, when he robbed the Metcalf Bank at 7800 College Boulevard in Overland Park.

The complaint alleged Brownlee jumped the teller’s counter and demanded money. He took cash from a drawer and some personal items from a teller, including a Kindle Fire and a cellular telephone. When police officers spotted his car, he led them on a chase at speeds up to 90 miles an hour before being stopped in the 8700 block of Indiana in Kansas City, Missouri. He was arrested after he fled from the car on foot.

Grissom commended the FBI, the Overland Park Police Department, the Kansas City (Missouri) Police Department, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Martin for their work on the case.