While working on a Bank of America location in Hope Mills, NC, on November 10th, some of our electricians had a harrowing experience. Journeymen Bill Nicholas, Foreman Dan Campoli, and Apprentices Cutler Respess, Matt McComas, and Drew Revis were quietly doing electrical work, not expecting what was about to transpire. Bill, Matt, and Cutler were working outside, and Drew and Dan were working in one of the carport sections of the bank, with Drew in the carport access hatch, where he had a limited view of the interior of the bank.
Dan Campoli left the area for a couple minutes, and what he came back to was a different bank entirely! In his absence, a bank robber entered the bank, gun drawn, and fired a shot into the air. As Dan Campoli spoke of Drew’s account to him, at first Drew “thought it was an electrical short!” The bullet passed through the roof about 20 feet away. Drew then realized, looking from the hatch into the bank interior, that the robber had put a gun to someone’s back and demanded money. Bill called 911, upon hearing the shot. The robber walked out of the bank with money.
The job site was soon surrounded by Hope Mills Police, Fayetteville Police, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s department, and the FBI. Dan and the rest of the guys were thankful that they were okay. “If that bullet had hit someone, things would have gone south real fast. The whole thing played out in 2 minutes!” Dan recounted. According to the Hope Mills Police department, the suspect in the robbery is still at large, and they are still investigating the incident as of this writing. As Dan Campoli said, “It’s not every day you encounter a robbery on the job!”
The guys on the job site during the aftermath: shaken, but undetered. Left to right: Matt McComas, Cutler Respess, Drew Revis, Bill Nicholas. (not pictured: Dan Campoli)