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Man accused of cutting, biting officer appears in court

Posted June 22, 2009

— A Durham District Court judge on Monday increased bond for a man accused of trying to expose two police officers to what the judge called a "potentially deadly condition."

Prosecutors said James Perry, 49, of 714 Shepherd St., in Durham, cut one officer's right thumb and tried to bite another's ear while Perry was bleeding.

James Perry Man accused of exposing officer to 'potentially deadly condition'

Neither prosecutors nor Judge William Marsh III referred to Perry's condition by name during open court Monday, but prosecutors referred to it as a known illness.

Arrest warrants on charges of assault inflicting serious bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon indicates Perry is HIV positive. The warrants list the weapon as Perry's head and teeth.

At the time of Perry's arrest on Saturday, police were investigating a report that he allegedly broke a window and took another man's car without permission, prosecutors said. They charged him with injury to real property and unauthorized use of motor vehicle.

A man who answered the door at the residence listed for Perry said Perry is a friend who is visiting from New York. He said Perry was drinking heavily Saturday when he became angry and kicked in a window, drawing blood.

According to court records, Perry was convicted in New York in 1999 of assault charges and served a year in prison before being released on parole.

Marsh raised Perry's bond from $30,000 to $50,000 and set Perry's next court date for July 14.

Perry remained in the Durham County jail Monday afternoon.

According to arrest warrants, the officer was treated at Duke University with a drug used to treat HIV infection.

Calls for comment from the Durham Police Department were not returned by Monday afternoon.


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  • kidsrn Jun 22, 2009

    This = attempted murder. Set the bond ALOT higher and then let him rot in jail.

  • teacher-mom Jun 22, 2009

    If he cannot or will not behave, he needs to be locked up.

  • RonnieR Jun 22, 2009

    He is lucky the officer did not shoot him. If he was cutting on him that AWDW and a righteous shoot.

  • purplepat777 Jun 22, 2009

    He should have been charged with assault with intent to kill or assault with a deadly weapon.

  • icdumbpeople Jun 22, 2009

    He should be charged with attempted murder. That is what it was.

  • Just the facts mam Jun 22, 2009

    Another fine example of why Durham was chosen as one of the best cities to live.

  • babyboomer47 Jun 22, 2009

    Our LEO's surely have to put up with a lot. Their lives are in danger in so many ways.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Jun 22, 2009

    When did Jimmie Walker move to Durham???? DYNOMIIIIITE!!!!!!!

  • tran Jun 22, 2009

    The cops come to question this guy about breaking a window and stealing a car. So he cuts the cop and bites him. Anyone who lives to be 49 and renounces his humanity with acts like that is beyond redemption.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Jun 22, 2009

    And some people give our LEO'S a hard time about the way they do their jobs!! Unbelievable...

    This guy should spend the rest of his life behind bars!!!!!!!