A man charged with robbing a Billings bank was arraigned Tuesday in Yellowstone County District Court.
Joseph Anthony Ferrara, 39, appeared by video from the county jail and pleaded not guilty to felony robbery. Judge Gregory Todd maintained bond at $100,000.
Ferrara is accused of robbing the First Interstate Bank at 2501 Central Ave. on Aug. 21. He was arrested recently on a warrant.
Prosecutors say Ferrara was driven to the bank by a woman he had recently met. The woman later told police that Ferrara said he needed to receive a wire transfer of funds so he could catch a bus out of town.
Ferrara twice told the woman the person he needed to speak with in the bank was unavailable, so the woman said she let Ferrara use her car because she had to get to work.
The bank was robbed at about 12:30 p.m. by a man who handed a teller a threatening note demanding cash. The robber made away with $9,847, court records state.
About six hours later, the woman who gave Ferrara her car called police after seeing a bank security video of the robbery released by police.
The woman said she recognized the robber as Ferrara, who she also said had called her at about 3 p.m. and left a message saying he was in a lot of trouble and told her where he had left her car.