Bank Robber Pleads Guilty In Two Local Holdups

By Eric Englund | Sep 11, 2019
Courtesy of: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office Kim Nguyen, 39, of Newtown Square, Pa.

Toms River — Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced Sept. 6 that Kim Nguyen, 39, of Newtown Square, Pa., pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery in connection with two local incidents. He said the plea agreement calls for Nguyen to be sentenced to five years in New Jersey State Prison as to each count, with the prison terms to run consecutively. The sentence will be subject to the terms of the No Early Release Act, which requires Nguyen to serve a minimum term of 85 percent of his sentence. Nguyen is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 18.

Nguyen was arrested on April 14 after being sought in two separate bank robberies that occurred at a Wells Fargo Bank branch in Stafford Township on March 16 and three days later at an M & T Bank branch in Barnegat Township. Billhimer said that in both cases, Nguyen entered the bank, approached the teller, and passed a note demanding money while indicating that “this is a robbery.”

After reviewing surveillance footage from surrounding businesses and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, detectives from the Barnegat and Stafford Township police departments were able to identify a vehicle with Pennsylvania plates they believed was utilized by the individual in question to travel to and from each location. Investigation revealed this vehicle was registered to Nguyen’s father. It was also learned Nguyen was on parole for a bank robbery out of Pennsylvania that occurred in 2012, which was conducted in a manner similar to the robberies in Stafford and Barnegat. Ultimately, a fingerprint was lifted from one of the robbery notes matching Nguyen’s fingerprints. He was eventually located and apprehended in New York, and subsequently confessed to committing both robberies in Ocean County in March 2019. —E.E.

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