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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Kansas City Man Sentenced To 15+ YearsFor Robbing Bank With Hatchet

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - A Kansas City, Mo., 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, Kansas City, Mo., 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, Mo. He was arrested after he fled from the car on foot.

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

Updated December 15, 2014