GRAND PRAIRIE, TX — A Grand Prairie man is in jail after a barrage of bizarre alleged criminal activity on Friday.
The man, identified as Bill Nguyen, 47, is accused of pistol-whipping a nail salon employee and trying to set the salon ablaze before he was taken down and held at gunpoint by an armed onlooker.
Police said Nguyen may also be connected to a dead body that was found inside a burning home near the salon.
Police were first called to the nail salon in the 5100 block of Magna Carta Boulevard around 10:20 a.m. Friday. Witnesses there told police Nguyen came into the salon holding a gun and attacked a female employee, hitting her several times with the pistol.
During the attack, police said an onlooker with a concealed handgun license came into the salon and held Nguyen at gunpoint until police arrived.
At the same time, however, police were assisting the Grand Prairie Fire Department in quelling a structure fire less than a mile away in the 2100 block of Hastings Drive.
Investigators found a dead body inside the burned out home Hastings, police said, and the home is connected to Nguyen in some way — although police did not clarify the connection.
According to police, it is not believed anyone else is connected to these incidents.
WFAA reports police are treating the investigation into the dead body and house fire as a homicide related to family violence.
The woman who was pistol-whipped was taken to a trauma center but is expected to be released.
The name of the person found in the burned out home is being withheld pending next of kin notification.
Lead image via Daniel Hubbard, Patch Staff