2 arrested in violent Philly robberies

PHILADELPHIA - August 24, 2009 My "K" Nguyen, 19, of the 2400 block of South 8th Street and Phuong Lee, 23, of Sassafras Lane in Williamstown, New Jersey are in custody.

Police say the pair are responsible for two armed robberies that happened early Thursday, and one of them committed yet another robbery the same day.

The first happened around 1:12 a.m. at Dalia's Grocery Store at 1033 S. 8th Street. Police say Nguyen and Lee came into the store and one of them tried to open the register. When he couldn't, police say, he fired a shot at an employee and stole 10 packs of cigarettes. The employee was not hurt.

Then, just over two hours later, the 7-11 store at 2101 S. 10th Street was hit. There, police say, one of the suspects grabbed a bottle of grape juice and, once at the counter, pulled out a gun, demanded money from the register, and fired a shot. The bullet hit the wall behind the employee. Police say the other man held the door closed to keep customers from coming in. An undetermined amount of cash was taken.

Finally, police say, Nguyen robbed the La Manzaneza store at 1438 S. 8th Street around 10:12 p.m. Police say he entered the store, took a pack of gum off a shelf, and approached the counter. Once there, police say he pointed a gun at an employee and demanded money and a pack of cigarettes, getting away with $150 cash.

After an investigation police say both men were arrested on Saturday. They are facing a long list of charges.

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