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Alleged bank robber makes initial appearance in court


SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV)--The man charged in Wednesday's attempted bank robbery in Lawton, Iowa made his initial appearance in Woodbury County District Court that morning.

23-year-old Karlis Baisden of Vermillion, South Dakota is charged with first degree robbery,  assault while participating in a felony, and carrying a concealed weapon.

Authorities say Baisden followed an employee into the First Trust and Savings Bank about 7:30 a.m. and according to court documents, threatened that worker with a loaded semi-automatic handgun, telling them this was a robbery.

The bank worker had difficulty shutting off the alarm and the alarm company called.

Baisden reportedly became nervous when a customer approached outside the bank and fled from the scene.

He was arrested later by an Iowa State Patrol trooper in Sioux City.

Baisden was in a car that was reported stolen out of Vermillion.

Officers say they found two loaded 40 caliber handguns in the car, a mask and plastic hand binders.

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