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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Two people have been arrested in connection with a robbery on Saturday involving a former Forsyth County commissioner.

David Justice Muhammad, 18, and Damarqus Keyvon Washington, 17, were arrested on Wednesday, Winston-Salem Police said.

Both men were charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with an incident involving former county commissioner Beaufort Bailey, 78.

Bailey told police multiple men armed with handguns forced their way into his home around 7:50 p.m. After the suspects received some money, Bailey was locked inside an interior room while electronics and other items were taken from the house, police said.

Bailey was not injured. He told the Winston-Salem Journal he didn’t know why his home was targeted.

Both suspects were placed in the Forsyth County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bonds. Their first court date was scheduled for April 13.

Bailey served as a county commissioner for eight years. He was also on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school board in the 1970s and 1980s.

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