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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.

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.

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.

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