LPD: Man gets 7 felonies, 2 misdemeanors after stealing spree

Channel 8 gives you a timeline of how Hieu Nguyen managed to steal 3 vehicles in one night, according to LPD
Hieu Nguyen
courtesy of LPD

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- On Wednesday, Lincoln police found and arrested 27-year-old Hieu Nguyen for 7 felonies and 2 misdemeanors. How did he collect so many in one day? Here is a timeline of the events that lead to Nguyen’s arrest:

3:15 pm: LPD investigated a stolen car on Silver Ridge Road where a 79-year-old victim told police that he had seen a Dodge Dakota stuck in a snowdrift and stopped to help. LPD says that while the victim was digging the car out, the driver of the vehicle that was stuck, Nguyen, got in the victim’s Volkswagon Jetta and drove away; the victim tried to grab the wheel to stop him and was dragged a short way, but he does not have any serious injuries.

3:30 pm: Police learned the Dodge Dakota Nguyen was driving was stolen at 2:50 pm that day from A Street. The owner of the Dodge, 58-years-old, was not aware the car had been stolen.

8:50 pm: Officers reported going to a car crash at north 84th and Adams Street and learned that the car was driven by Nguyen. According to police, he ran the red light then hit two other cars, sending two people to the hospital. An 18-year-old not involved in the accident told police that he showed up at the crash and left his car, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, to help the victims, and then Nguyen got into the Jeep and drove off.

9:00 pm: Police reported that Nguyen returned to the scene of the crash in the Jeep and hit the back of a Lincoln Fire & Rescue engine that had firefighters inside, but there was only minor damage. LPD says that attempted a traffic stop that Nguyen ignored and did not pursue him.

9:30 pm: LPD reported that Nguyen was spotted near south 25th and M street. Police then conducted a traffic stop, Nguyen stopped but when an officer approached, he sped off and hit a marked police cruiser with an officer inside. Lincoln police say that after that, he disobeyed their commands and continued attempting to flee the scene.

Police reported eventually breaking out the rear window of his car, deploying a taser, and physically removing him from the car. Nguyen was reportedly taken to the hospital because of minor face injuries where he attempted to spit blood LPD, LFR, and hospital staff.

LPD arrested and cited Nguyen for the following:

  • Theft by Unlawful Taking (2 counts) (F)
  • Robbery (F)
  • Leave Scene of Injury Accident (F)
  • Operate Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest (F)
  • Resisting Arrest (subsequent offense) (F)
  • 2nd Degree Assault on an Officer (F)
  • Willful Reckless Driving (M)
  • Flee in Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest (M)
  • Violated Traffic Control Device (T)

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