Yorker charged by feds with bank robbery

Liz Evans Scolforo

A York-area man is charged federally with bank robbery for allegedly acting as the getaway driver during a 2016 holdup in Springettsbury Township, according to a news release.

Ryan Warnick, 37, already has a signed plea agreement in place with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Harrisburg, according to online court records. The agreement does not state how much prison time the prosecution intends to seek.

Ryan Warnick

Authorities allege Warnick acted as the getaway driver for Derek Bowman, 34, of York, who in February was sentenced to 11¾ years in federal prison for robbing the PNC Bank branch at 2430 E. Market St. on Jan. 9, 2016.

According to Springettsbury Township Police, Bowman walked up to a teller at 10:51 a.m. that day and said he needed cash.

No slip: The teller started to hand him a withdrawal slip, but Bowman said "no" — he wasn't looking to take out his own cash, police have said.

Bowman opened his jacket, took out a .20-gauge short-barreled 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, according to police.

Bowman was arrested by state police the next day and was found with money and heroin, police have said. The shotgun was found later by Springettsbury Township Police.

Derek Eugene Bowman

Bowman was a convicted felon at the time of the holdup, meaning he was not allowed to own, possess or even hold a firearm, according to court documents.

The case against Warnick resulted from the Violent Crime Reduction Partnership, a district-wide initiative to combat the spread of violent crime, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Warnick faces up to 25 years in prison, according to his plea agreement.

His Harrisburg-based attorney, Wendy Grella, did not return a phone message seeking comment.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.