Hatchet bank robber sentenced to 15 years

A Kansas City, Mo., man who robbed an Overland Park bank with a hatchet was sentenced to 15.6 years in federal prison on Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Kansas City, Kan.

The U.S. attorney’s office said the man, Derek T. Brownlee, 35, Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty to armed robbery of the Metcalf Bank, 7800 College Blvd., Overland Park, last July 1.

He wore a bandanna over his face and carried a hatchet in the robbery.

The complaint alleged Brownlee jumped over the teller’s counter, demanded money, took cash from a drawer and personal items, then led police on a chase of up to 90 mph before being stopped in Kansas City, Mo., where he was arrested after trying to flee on foot.