BARNEGAT - Barnegat Chief of Police Keith Germain reported today that an arrest has been made in the M&T Bank robbery that took place on March 29 in Barnegat.
On Sunday afternoon, members of the Barnegat Police Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) along with members of the Nassau County, New York Police Department Bureau of Special Operations and Nassau County Robbery Squad arrested 39 year old Kim Quoc Nguyen.
Nguyen is from Newtown Square, PA and he was arrested and charged with robbery, terroristic threats, and theft in connection with the robbery of the M&T Bank. Nguyen was taken into custody in New Hyde Park, Long Island, NY after a short foot pursuit.
Nguyen was identified as the suspect after an exhaustive investigation by Barnegat Police Detectives James Purcell, Detective William Hetrick, and the Barnegat Police CRU on April 2. At that time, an extradition warrant was issued, however, Nguyen's location was not known.
The search for Nguyen and continuing investigation over the next two weeks took Barnegat officers to several different areas including south Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York City.
Further investigation by Barnegat officers resulted in a vehicle connected to Nguyen being located in Queens, NY. The subsequent investigation and surveillance led to Nguyen’s discovery and arrest.
Nguyen is currently being held in the Nassau County Correctional Center pending extradition.
Barnegat Police Chief Keith Germain lauded the outstanding police work and cooperation that led to Nguyen’s arrest.
“This is precisely the kind of collaboration and teamwork we strive for in law enforcement. Over a dozen federal, state, county, and local agencies from three states worked together and leveraged their individual knowledge and expertise to safely bring this subject into custody,” said Germain.
"The Barnegat Police Department would like to thank the following agencies that provided assistance during the investigation and search for Nguyen:
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- New Jersey State Police
- Ocean County Sheriff's Department
- Ocean County Prosecutor's Office
- Philadelphia Police Department
- NYPD 108th Precinct
- Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department
- Nassau County Police Department
- Stafford Township Police Department (NJ)
- Linwood Police Department (NJ)
- Ocean City Police Department (NJ)
- Willistown Township Police Department (PA)
- Newtown Township Police Department (PA)"