A Cherokee man was charged Wednesday with attempted robbery in the first degree after trying to rob a Joplin, Mo., bank.

A Cherokee man was charged Wednesday with attempted robbery in the first degree after trying to rob a Joplin, Mo., bank.
Billy L. Appier, 71, was arrested at around 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday after attempting to rob U.S. Bank, located at 105 N. Range Line. According to the Joplin Police Department, Appier walked into the bank wearing a straw hat and sunglasses, asked for money and claimed he had placed an explosive device on the roof.
He was quickly apprehended and arrested without incident, according to the JPD.
According to a news release from the JPD, no explosives were found on, near or around the building. The search was made by the JPD bomb dog, along with members of the department's SWAT team.