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Robbery attempt hits United Bank

Posted on November 27, 2021

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A Wilson County sheriff's deputy directs traffic away from the scene of a Friday attempted robbery at United Bank.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

A Wilson County sheriff's deputy directs traffic away from the scene of a Friday attempted robbery at United Bank.

A Wilson police officer is shown collecting evidence Friday evening through a window at United Bank on Tarboro Street.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

A Wilson police officer is shown collecting evidence Friday evening through a window at United Bank on Tarboro Street.

Wilson police officers investigate a Friday attempted robbery at United Bank on Tarboro Street.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Wilson police officers investigate a Friday attempted robbery at United Bank on Tarboro Street.

Police prepare to enter the United Bank on Tarboro Street after an attempted robbery Friday evening.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Police prepare to enter the United Bank on Tarboro Street after an attempted robbery Friday evening.

Wilson police officers enter United Bank during their investigation of a Friday attempted robbery.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Wilson police officers enter United Bank during their investigation of a Friday attempted robbery.

Wilson police officers, N.C. Highway Patrol troopers and Wilson County sheriff's deputies wait behind a Wilson Mall sign after a Friday robbery attempt at United Bank on Tarboro Street.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Wilson police officers, N.C. Highway Patrol troopers and Wilson County sheriff's deputies wait behind a Wilson Mall sign after a Friday robbery attempt at United Bank on Tarboro Street.

Jeanice Boose, left, and daughter Tamillia Taylor wait for Dakota Wilkins to leave a United Bank branch where an attempted robbery was reported Friday.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Jeanice Boose, left, and daughter Tamillia Taylor wait for Dakota Wilkins to leave a United Bank branch where an attempted robbery was reported Friday.

Jeanice Boose, Tashia Wilkins and Tamillia Taylor wait near United Bank for Dakota Wilkins, the lead teller, to leave.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Jeanice Boose, Tashia Wilkins and Tamillia Taylor wait near United Bank for Dakota Wilkins, the lead teller, to leave.

Through the restaurant window, Bojangles employees watch as law enforcement officers respond to an attempted robbery Friday at the United Bank branch next door.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Through the restaurant window, Bojangles employees watch as law enforcement officers respond to an attempted robbery Friday at the United Bank branch next door.

Police with long guns wait at the Mayflower Seafood Restaurant as law enforcement officers respond to a Friday attempted robbery at the United Bank on Tarboro Street.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Police with long guns wait at the Mayflower Seafood Restaurant as law enforcement officers respond to a Friday attempted robbery at the United Bank on Tarboro Street.

A Wilson County sheriff's deputy directs traffic away from the scene of a Friday attempted robbery at United Bank.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

A Wilson County sheriff's deputy directs traffic away from the scene of a Friday attempted robbery at United Bank.

A Wilson police officer is shown collecting evidence Friday evening through a window at United Bank on Tarboro Street.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

A Wilson police officer is shown collecting evidence Friday evening through a window at United Bank on Tarboro Street.

A Wilson police officer is shown collecting evidence Friday evening through a window at United Bank on Tarboro Street.
Wilson police officers investigate a Friday attempted robbery at United Bank on Tarboro Street.
Police prepare to enter the United Bank on Tarboro Street after an attempted robbery Friday evening.
Wilson police officers enter United Bank during their investigation of a Friday attempted robbery.
Wilson police officers, N.C. Highway Patrol troopers and Wilson County sheriff's deputies wait behind a Wilson Mall sign after a Friday robbery attempt at United Bank on Tarboro Street.
Jeanice Boose, left, and daughter Tamillia Taylor wait for Dakota Wilkins to leave a United Bank branch where an attempted robbery was reported Friday.
Jeanice Boose, Tashia Wilkins and Tamillia Taylor wait near United Bank for Dakota Wilkins, the lead teller, to leave.
Through the restaurant window, Bojangles employees watch as law enforcement officers respond to an attempted robbery Friday at the United Bank branch next door.
Police with long guns wait at the Mayflower Seafood Restaurant as law enforcement officers respond to a Friday attempted robbery at the United Bank on Tarboro Street.
A Wilson County sheriff's deputy directs traffic away from the scene of a Friday attempted robbery at United Bank.
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...I was so scared. I didn’t know what was going on. I am a little bit better now that we spoke to her. She said that she was OK and I felt a little bit better, just a little bit. This is the worst thing ever.”
Jeanice Boose, mother of United Bank lead teller Dakota Wilkins

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As Wilson police investigated an attempted robbery at United Bank’s Tarboro Street branch, Jeanice Boose and her daughters Tashia Wilkins and Tamillia Taylor waited anxiously.

Boose’s daughter Dakota Wilkins, the lead teller, was still inside the bank helping police with their investigation.

Officers from the Wilson Police Department, N.C. Highway Patrol and Wilson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported bank robbery around 5:30 p.m. Friday at United Bank, 1600 Tarboro St. W.

The call came in just as Wilson resident Tamillia Taylor was arriving to pick up her sister, Dakota Wilkins.

“I pulled up to the bank to pick up my sister today and I realized in Mayflower’s parking lot there was a lot of police, so I figured there was something going on at Mayflower,” Taylor said. “I sat here a little longer and called my sister’s phone and she didn’t answer. I called the bank phone. She didn’t answer, so I decided to drive around the bank. That’s when the police directed me to Bojangles parking lot.”

Taylor was worried that her sister wasn’t answering the phone. She told police her sister was inside the bank.

“They told me to park far away from the bank and that they would be in contact with me,” Taylor said.

Officers with long guns took positions behind the Wilson Mall sign and around the bank in case the robber was still inside.

“At first, I wasn’t nervous at all because I was looking toward the Mayflower and the police were in Mayflower’s parking lot,” Taylor said. “In this time frame of me watching them in Mayflower’s parking lot, apparently quite a few others had pulled up, but I had no idea until I decided to back out. When I turned around, I realized ‘OK, this is a possible bank robbery and my sister’s in there. She’s not answering and she usually answers every call.’ I called the bank. They weren’t answering and they usually answer every call, and that’s when I knew that this is either a bank robbery or somebody has been hurt.”

A group of five officers, one with a police dog, took positions on the bank’s rear exterior wall around 6:15, then entered the bank through the front door with guns drawn. No suspects were located inside.

“I waited about 20 minutes and then the branch manager, Bea Etheridge, and one of the police officers came and let me know that everybody was alive but there was going to be a lot of paperwork and processing and stuff that had to go on so that’s what we are waiting on,” Taylor said.

She was waiting alone, so Taylor called her mother and her other sister, Tashia.

“At that time when I called them, we didn’t know the status or whether she was alive,” Taylor said. “We saw the ambulance go into the Mayflower parking lot. My mother called 911 to see if she could get some information.”

Family members said dispatchers couldn’t tell Boose what was happening. But Taylor soon received a call from Dakota Wilkins.

“She said she was fine, but very, very shaken up,” Taylor said. “We thank God that she is alive. She just said that it was an attempted robbery.”

Boose said all three of her daughters are in the banking industry. Tashia Wilkins works at Carter Bank and Trust, Taylor works at Truist and Dakota Wilkins is at United Bank.

“She’s very upset,” Taylor said of her mother. “We all are very upset.”

The Tarboro Street branch was previously known as CresCom Bank. Charleston, West Virginia-based United Bank acquired CresCom in May 2020.

Taylor said Dakota Wilkins was one of three employees working when the robbery was reported.

“She said it was an attempted robbery. The two that were working with her were fine, but they are very nervous and they are very shaken up,” Taylor said.

“I just thank God that my daughter’s alive and whoever else is in there, I hope everybody’s OK,” Boose said. “I know this is going to be rough for them for a while and they will probably need counseling as well as myself.”

Boose stood in the Bojangles parking lot staring at the bank, hoping her daughter would soon walk out.

“It is the worst feeling. Every step of the way here, my heart was just pounding so bad,” Boose said. “I have already had a heart attack before, so I had to take nitroglycerin before I got here because I was so terrified. I was so scared. I didn’t know what was going on. I am a little bit better now that we spoke to her. She said that she was OK and I felt a little bit better, just a little bit. This is the worst thing ever.”

Tamillia Taylor said people need to be aware of their surroundings, especially around the holidays.

“In banking, we know that people are lurking,” Taylor said. “And then it’s Black Friday. People are looking to get money however they see fit, and this just happened to be the day that they hit my sister’s bank.”

As the family waited, Tamillia Taylor said she wouldn’t feel completely fine until her sister came out unharmed.

“I just thank God she’s alive,” Boose said. “I feel blessed. She’s a God believer. She prayed her way through it and God came through.”

Wilson police are investigating the robbery attempt. No information was available Friday night.

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