A Portland man who robbed a bank in Portland and fled to Florida until his arrest last year was sentenced Thursday to more than eight years in federal prison.

Matthieu O’Rourke, 36, robbed the Key Bank branch at 400 Forest Ave. on Sept. 27, 2013, while wearing a bright construction vest, sunglasses, hat and carrying a hard hat, according to a prosecution document filed in U.S. District Court in Portland.

“He walked to a teller window and presented the teller a note stating words to the effect of ‘I’m a crazy person. No one will be hurt as long as you give me the money out of both drawers,’ ” Assistant U.S. Attorney David Joyce wrote in the court document.

O’Rourke ran out of the bank with $1,280 and avoided capture until his arrest in Florida on Oct. 30, 2013, according to court records.

O’Rourke pleaded guilty to a charge of bank robbery on June 11, 2014.

In addition to the 100-month prison term, Judge D. Brock Hornby sentenced O’Rourke to serve three years of supervised release afterward.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that O’Rourke was subject to an enhanced sentence as a career offender and that he had previously served eight years in prison for a 1998 conviction for solicitation to commit murder.

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