A Leavenworth, Kansas, man pleaded guilty Monday to armed bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.
Damon Hammeke, 26, Leavenworth, Kansas, pleaded guilty to one count of armed bank robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during a robbery. In his plea, he admitted that on Nov. 21, 2017, he robbed the Country Club Bank at 2310 S. 4th St. in Leavenworth.
He entered the bank wearing a white jacket and black mask and carrying a handgun. He left the bank with money.
Two days later, an officer in Tonganoxie attempted to stop him for a traffic offense.
Hammeke fled, leading police on a high-speed chase through Tonganoxie, Basehor, Lansing, Leavenworth, Platte County, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas, before they were able to stop him.
Sentencing is set for July 22. He faces a penalty of up to 25 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the robbery charge as well as not less than seven years and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearm charge.
McAllister commended the FBI, the Tonganoxie Police Department, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Platte County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Department, the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble for their work on the case.