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Durham men charged in stabbing, beating, robberies

Posted April 15, 2012 2:53 p.m. EDT

— 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.