Bank Robber Sentenced to 10 Years

Nov 06, 2019

A Pennsylvania man who recently pleaded guilty to two area bank robberies in Stafford and Barnegat townships earlier this year has been sentenced to 10 years in the state prison. Ocean County Superior Court Judge Guy P. Ryan sentenced Kim Nguyen, 39, of Newtown Square, Pa., to five years for each robbery, with the prison terms running consecutively. Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said the sentence will be subject to the No Early Release Act, which requires Nguyen to serve a minimum term of 85 percent of his total 10-year sentence.

Billhimer said Nguyen, who was arrested on April 14,  pleaded guilty to the charges before Ryan on  Sept. 6

He said the robberies occurred at a Wells Fargo Bank branch in Stafford on March 16, and an M & T Bank branch in Barnegat three days later. In both cases, Nguyen entered the bank, approached the teller, and passed a note demanding money while indicating that “this is a robbery.”

Billhimer said that 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.

He said it was also learned Nguyen was on parole for a bank robbery in 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 that matched Nguyen’s fingerprints. Nguyen was eventually located and apprehended in New York, and subsequently confessed to committing the subject bank robberies in Ocean County. E.E.

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