FARGO, N.D. — A man accused of holding up a small-town North Dakota bank at gunpoint has filed a change of plea notice in federal court.

Authorities say 58-year-old Jay Barker robbed the Citizens Community Credit Union in St. John on March 8. He has pleaded not guilty to armed bank robbery.

Four days after he was arrested for the St. John robbery, Barker escaped from the Rolette County Jail by locking a correctional officer in the cell. He was arrested the next day.

Court documents show that Barker moved to North Dakota in the last year after he was released from an Idaho prison, where he served 17 years for armed robbery.

A change of plea hearing is scheduled for Aug. 28 in Fargo.

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