File photo
Police responded to a bank robbery at Chase Bank in White Center on July 25, 2012. The convicted robber was sentenced to 8.5 years in federal prison on April 19.

Man gets 8.5 years for robbing Chase Bank in White Center

The 31-year-old man who robbed the White Center Chase Bank in July of 2012 was sentenced to 8.5 years in federal prison on April 19.

Bryan Allen Hill was convicted of armed robbery and brandishing a firearm by a jury in January, and U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez handed down the sentence, saying Hill’s crime was “a very, very serious offense … basically terrorizing the individuals in the bank,” according to a U.S. Attorney’s office press release.

Hill entered the bank at 1616 S.W. 100th St. around 10:15 a.m. on July 25 wearing a bandanna over his face. He pulled out a handgun, pointed it at the teller’s face and demanded the teller fill a bag with cash.

According to court documents, Hill’s bandana fell from his face while the teller was stuffing cash into the bag, revealing his identity to everyone on staff. Meanwhile, other employees had pushed their panic buttons and notified both the King County Sheriff’s Office and Seattle Police to the robbery.

Hill left the bank on foot, but didn’t make it far as authorities swarmed to the area with a solid description of their suspect in hand.

According to Sgt. Cindi West with KCSO on the day of the robbery, he was spotted jogging near the intersection of S.W. 109th St. and 19th Ave. S.W. with a bag.

Authorities demanded he drop to his knees, which he did, and inside the bag was a gun, cash and clothing he had removed after the robbery.

The case was investigated by SPD, KCSO and the FBI and prosecuted by U.S. Assistant Attorneys Stephen Hobbs and Ehren Reynolds.

After serving his eight-plus years, Hill will have three years of supervised release.

We encourage our readers to comment. No registration is required. We ask that you keep your comments free of profanity and keep them civil. They are moderated and objectionable comments will be removed.