They say 50-year-old Richard Gardner Ennis, of Knightdale, walked up a bank employee just after 5 p.m. Friday and that this was a "bank robbery."
Police arrived on scene less than a minute later, and Ennis was taken into custody while he was still inside the bank.
No weapon was located and there were no injuries or shots fired.
Ennis did not obtain any money.
He will be charged with attempted common law robbery .