Two brothers from Texas were charged Tuesday in federal court with robbing a Wichita bank, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Leslie B. Cooper, 33, and Justin W. Cooper, 23, both of Fort Worth, were charged with one count of bank robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during Friday’s robbery of Commerce Bank, 1701 S. Broadway, the criminal complaint said.
Leslie Cooper entered the bank wearing a backpack, gloves, a scarf over his face, white shoes and a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up. He was carrying a 9 mm rifle. He vaulted the counter and brandished the rifle before taking some money and fleeing the bank, the complaint said.
A Wichita police officer spotted him behind the bank engulfed in a cloud of smoke caused by a bank dye pack exploding. Leslie Cooper got into the car driven by his brother and attempted to flee the officer.
After a chase that lasted several minutes, the car stopped on Clark Street. Justin Cooper surrendered immediately while his brother fled on foot. Leslie Cooper broke into a house in the 2100 block of S. Silver, where officers found hiding under a bed.
If convicted, the brothers face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the bank robbery charge and a penalty of seven years to life and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearms charge.