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Federal charges for York County man in bank robbery

John Joyce
505-5432/@JohnJoyceYD
  • A York man faces charges in federal court in an armed bank robbery committed earlier this year.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Harrisburg announced federal charges Wednesday against a York County man in connection with a bank robbery he is accused of committing in January.

Derek Bowman, 33, is charged with bank robbery, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and possession of a weapon in furtherance of a crime of violence, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

The robbery occurred Jan. 9 at PNC Bank at 2430 E. Market St. in Springettsbury Township. Bowman allegedly used a shotgun in the commission of the crime.

Derek Eugene Bowman

The state police and the FBI investigated the case.

According to Springettsbury Township Police, Bowman walked up to a teller at 10:51 a.m. that day and said he needed cash. The teller started to hand him a withdrawal slip, and Bowman said "no," he wasn't looking to take out his own cash, police said in January.

Bowman opened his jacket, took out a shotgun and pointed it at the teller, demanding $100, $50 and $20 bills, police said.

The teller handed over $3,383, putting it into a bag Bowman held open, police said.

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Bowman has previously faced charges of robbery, assault and other crimes, according to online court records. Because of previous convictions, he isn't allowed to possess a firearm, documents state.

If convicted, Bowman could face up to life in prison, the release said. If sentenced to a term shorter than life, Bowman also could face supervised release and a fine.

— Reach John Joyce at jjoyce2@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter @JohnJoyceYD.