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Durham men charged in stabbing, beating, robberies

Posted April 15, 2012

— Two Durham County men with histories of assault and robbery convictions face fresh charges that they beat, stabbed and robbed two people last week.

Police said that two men armed with long knives demanded money from a 53-year-old man in the 400 block of Old Oxford Highway around 3 a.m. Tuesday. They struggled with the victim before fleeing with cash and other property.

A 19-year-old man was stabbed several times, beaten with a tree stump and robbed in the 3600 block of Danube Lane around 3 a.m. Wednesday, police said. Officers found the teen barely conscious and covered in blood lying in the road. He was taken to Duke University Hospital.

John Henry Bailey Jr., 37, of Emily Street in Durham, and Barry Lamonte Bradley, 36, of Chambers Road in Rougemont, were arrested Friday on one count of attempted murder and two counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree kidnapping.

Both were placed in the Durham County jail. Bailey was given a $1.3 million bond, and Bradley a $1.35 million bond.

Bradley is currently listed as an absconder from probation for November convictions for larceny and misdemeanor breaking and entering, according to state Division of Adult Correction records. He has 24 convictions dating from 1992, including four for robbery and six for various assault charges, records state. He has spent nearly eight years in prison.

Bailey's 21-year criminal history includes 16 convictions and six jail terms totaling over 2½ years, correction records show. His convictions include assault inflicting serious injury, attempted common-law robbery and multiple larceny charges.


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  • iknowjack Apr 16, 2012

    Wow, the comments here are so fresh and interesting. Until I read these I had no idea that a small isolated section of Durham had a crime problem. Good thing I have geniuses like fatchance and cwood to keep me informed.

  • affirmativediversity Apr 16, 2012

    Was it a "hate crime"?

  • babedan Apr 16, 2012

    Where are the advocacy groups? Why aren't they screaming at the judical system to keep these crooks off the street? Maybe this time they won't get a liberal judge and will be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

  • fatchanceimwrong Apr 16, 2012

    Why is it that Durham has so much crime?

  • cwood3 Apr 16, 2012

    Such a nice town-TO AVOID!!

    Durham is leading our news coverage in "who's been shot or stabbed today"!!

    You might try new leadership to turn this problem around. Obviously, the current administration is doing little to change the criminal problems facing Durham!! And they keep re-electing the same people.

    Sooner or later, the people will realize they have a problem. Friends, you don't have to live in fear of drive by shootings. This can be fixed.

  • Bill of Rights Apr 16, 2012

    I hope their next attempted victim is well armed and dispatches these criminals accordingly.

  • beach2011 Apr 16, 2012

    Why are they on the streets! All those convictions and they are still out! I bet Hudson let them go!!!

  • fatchanceimwrong Apr 16, 2012

    Those who failed to keep these guys off the streets should be held accountible. That's like capturing a pit bull that is running loose and attacking people, then turning it back loose on the public. Where is the accountibility within the justice system? Whomever had the authority and made the decision to let these guys out of jail should be held responsible and personally have to pay the medical expenses, further compensation and be removed from their position. They are incompetent to protect the public.

  • rixida Apr 16, 2012

    Whatever happened to "three strikes and your out"? I think these criminals have proven that they are NOT able to be released back into society and be good little citizens. Its time to put them away for good.

  • Rebelyell55 Apr 16, 2012

    They might stay in there this time, but they'll be out later.