Peter Clark, 18, is accused of trying to rob cash from a man in the greater Belfast area earlier this month.
A second man, Mark McClean, 26, of Barn Mills, Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, faces the same charge.
Clark is the son of Superintendent Muir Clark, who has headed up the PSNI's Road Policing branch.
No further details of the alleged attempted robbery were disclosed during a brief hearing at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Thursday.
However, the judge did impose a ban on reporting where Peter Clark lives.
The reporting restrictions prohibit the publication of any details relating to his address, a Courts Service spokesman confirmed.
Both defendants were released on continuing bail to appear again on 28 March.