Man accused of robbing Wyoming bank twice

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A 2016 mug shot of Joseph Ellsworth from the Michigan Department of Corrections.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A West Michigan man faces federal charges for allegedly robbing the same Wyoming bank branch twice within two weeks.

Joseph Ellsworth, 32, was indicted on two counts of armed bank robbery, according to federal court records.

Authorities say he robbed the Fifth Third Bank branch at 62 54th St., west of S. Division Avenue, on July 11 and again on July 20. In the July 11 incident, he’s accused of making off with $1,200. He allegedly stole some $7,318 in the second robbery, court records show.

The robber in both cases was armed with what appeared to be a handgun, but no one was hurt.

The July 20 robbery prompted a large police response and search for the robber, but he evaded officers.

Ellsworth is being held by the Michigan Department of Corrections on a parole violation.