Ark. man arrested in bogus granny-bomb robbery

The bank where Betty Davis' attempted robbery took place.
Robby Ferguson/KFSM

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Authorities in northwest Arkansas have arrested a man they say broke into an elderly couple's home and tried to force the woman to withdraw money from a bank with what she believed was a bomb strapped to her ankle.

Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor said Thursday that the man broke into the couple's home this weekend.

Betty Davis told police a man was holding her and her husband, Herbert Davis, captive in their home. According to CBS affiliate KFSM in Fort Smith, Arkansas, the suspect stole the couple's truck as he forced Davis to drive to the bank and cash a check she had made out to him.

"He said he didn't want to hurt them, he just wanted some money," granddaughter Carly Geanolous said to KFSM.

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At the bank, Davis told employees about the potential bomb and authorities evacuated the building. Police later found Herbert Davis tied up at their home but unharmed.

The truck was later found by authorities. A 20-gauge loaded shotgun that belonged to the Davis was found in the back of the vehicle.

Authorities later determined the device attached to Betty Davis was fake.

A press conference is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday.