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Willistown Police have charged a 31-year-old man for the Tuesday robbery of a TD Bank in Paoli. Kim Quoc Nguyen, a Malvern resident, was arrested overnight Thursday and arraigned before Judge Chester Darlington Friday morning.
Nguyen is accused of handing a bank teller a demand note threatening to detonate a bomb unless he was given money. He allegedly made off with $2,760. He is charged with robbery, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, simple assault, reckless endangerment and terroristic threats.
Judge Darlington set cash bail of $750,000, and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 11.
During the arraignment, Nguyen said he was a 1998 graduate of The Haverford School. He said he lived with his parents in Newtown Square before moving to his current address in the AVE apartments off Lancaster Avenue in Willistown.
The vehicle in surveillance photos, later identified as a gold Toyota Avalon, was one clue that led police to Nguyen, according to Det. Jeff Heim of the Willistown Police Department.
"It was an exhaustive team effort," Willistown Det. Stephen Jones said, citing the contributions made by patrol officers in the department. "Just plain old good police work."
Nguyen, shackled at the hands and feet, was calm and polite in the courtroom, repeatedly addressing the judge as "sir." He indicated that he worked as a contracting analyst with Bank of America until two weeks ago.
According to court records, Nguyen faced forgery charges in 2002, and theft and identity theft charges in 2009.
Updated 1/6/12—A press release from Willistown Police provides more detail on how Nguyen was captured:
On Thursday, January 05, a Willistown Police Officer on patrol located a gold Toyota Avalon parked on Woodview Way in the township, which resembled the suspect vehicle. Subsequent investigation identified the vehicle as the same vehicle used in the TD Bank robbery. As a result, a suspect was identified and investigators were able to identify that the suspect was in fact the bank robber.
The suspect was identified as Kim Quoc Nguyen, 31 yoa, of the 7000 block of Woodview Way, Malvern, PA. Willistown Police obtained an arrest warrant for Nguyen. Nguyen’s vehicle was located in a parking garage at 3rd St. and South Street in Philadelphia. On Friday, January 06, at approximately 0130 hours, Nguyen was located in the 300 block of Lombard St. in Philadelphia, where he was taken into custody without incident.