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Cary man charged in Durham robbery, hit-and-run accidents

Posted December 21, 2015

Eric Jarome Nguyen was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of common-law robbery, two counts of malicious assault in a secret manner, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, seven counts of hit-and-run, two counts of damage to property, and five counts of reckless driving.
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— A Cary man is facing 21 charges in connection with a robbery and several hit-and-run accidents that occurred in Durham.

Durham police said that officers responded to a robbery in the 600 block of Morgan Street at 4:42 p.m. on Dec. 9. A 26-year-old woman was getting into her car when Eric Jerome Nguyen, 27, kicked her, knocked her to the ground, and took the keys to her red Honda Civic, which had Georgia plates, said police.

After that incident, police said that officers responded to several accident calls involving the stolen Honda Civic hitting other vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists throughout the city. Police said the Honda, which was driven without headlights even though it was dark outside, appeared to deliberately strike a pedestrian on Slater Road and a bicyclist on South Miami Boulevard.

The damaged Honda was later located in Cary.

Nguyen was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of common-law robbery, two counts of malicious assault in a secret manner, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, seven counts of hit-and-run, two counts of damage to property, and five counts of reckless driving.

He was being held at the Durham County Jail without bond.

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  • Janet Ghumri Dec 22, 2015
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    What concerns me is the rage that someone would have to do something so horrible. I witnessed an intentional hit and run last year. The driver had both hands on the wheel, looking straight ahead. The anger on his face was apparent. He barreled into a left turning lane, revved his Explorer and forced at least 3 cars backwards almost onto railroad tracks. This was in Fuquay. I believe if there were pedestrians there, it would not have stopped him. Road Rage is becoming a huge issue. My sincere condolences for the victims

  • Alonzo Eubank Dec 22, 2015
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    This is a crime nonetheless.. Whether in Durham or anywhere else. This is terrible.. A person turns a stolen car into a weapon and comes after others that are unprotected.

  • Ken Williams Dec 22, 2015
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    Roscoe, do you have nothing else to do with your life other than write stupid comments about Durham on WRAL's stories?