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Mayor’s parents robbed, beaten in home invasion

The parents of the Mocksville mayor were victims of a home invasion and robbery Monday evening, and one suffered injuries.

Johnny and Betty Marklin attempted to do the right thing, but were still tied up and robbed by two suspects.

Their son, Will Marklin, is the town’s mayor.

Mocksville Police Chief Pat Reagan reported that the 911 call about the incident in the 800 block of South Main Street came in at about 9 p.m.

The victims said a white man with short brown hair and a moustache, who appeared to be in his 20s, came to their door. Wearing an orange reflective vest, the suspect said he was from EnergyUnited and was working in the area.

When one of the victim’s requested identification, another darker-skinned male wearing a blue bandana covering his face, joined the original suspect and they forced their way into the home.

They tied the victims with zip ties and placed them in separate rooms.

The intruders each carried a handgun, one silver and one black. One of the victims was beaten about the face and taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries, Reagan said.

The suspects stole several items, then left the residence. The victims were able to reach a phone to call 911.

“This investigation is ongoing,” Reagan said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this unspeakable crime.”

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Det. Cameron Jones at 336-753-6710.