Cary man held on $2 million bail in Durham car theft and crash spree

Eric Jerome Long Nguyen
Eric Jerome Long Nguyen

A Cary man was being held on $2 million bail and was slated for a Tuesday court appearance on 21 charges, including two counts of attempted murder, that stem from an assault and car theft near downtown Durham earlier this month.

Eric Jerome Long Nguyen, 27, was arrested Monday by police who said he was the man who assaulted a woman in the West Village district of redeveloped tobacco buildings along West Morgan Street and took off in her Honda Civic late in the afternoon of Dec. 9.

The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment while police began to receive reports of a red Honda Civic crashing into multiple cars in the city and of a pedestrian hit on Slater Road and a bicyclist hit on South Miami Boulevard.

Police said witnesses told them the driver of the car seemed to try to hit the two people, leading to the attempted-murder charges. They also charged Nguyen with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and two counts of malicious assault in a secret manner.

Other charges against Nguyen were common-law robbery, seven counts of hit-and-run from a crash, five counts of reckless driving and two counts of damage to property.

Police did not disclose in a statement what led them to Nguyen, but they said the Honda was found in Cary.