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The U.S Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force (CARFTF) arrested two men in Baltimore Jan. 21 in connection with two murders that took place in Durham, N.C., in December.

Earlier this month, the Durham Police Department issued warrants for Robert Bernard Jackson, 34, and Charles Williams Willis, 27, on charges of murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, three male suspects walked into the Buy Quick Convenience store located on 419 South Briggs Ave. in Durham around 7 p.m. on Dec. 19. The male suspects were later identified as Charles Willis, Nicholas Bell and Robert Jackson. Police say Jackson was wearing a mask and shot store clerk, Mohamed Thaber Shoufar, 58, shortly after entering the store and then robbed the store of $75 in cash.

Shoufar was taken to an area hospital, but ultimately died from the injuries he suffered.

According to The News & Observer in Durham, the convenience store was in walking distance from where the suspects lived on Ashe Street. Jackson and Willis were also charged with the murder of the 20-year-old Bell on Jan. 3.  The News and Observer reported that police found Bell dead in the woods behind a home on the 2800 block of Ashe Street.

The U.S Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force (JFTF), located in Greensboro, N.C., received information that Willis and Jackson fled to Baltimore to escape apprehension. The JFTF and the CARFTF worked together during the investigation and were able to arrest the suspects without incident.

Authorities arrested Willis on the 1100 block of Bolton Street and Jackson near the 2800 block of the Alameda. Jackson and Willis are being held without bond.

Jhunter@afro.com