UPDATE 5/3/13 @ 10:50 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man connected to armed robberies at two nail salons in our area has entered a plea to the Huntington robbery.
Police say that Cuong Trong Huynh, 26, of Cross Lanes, robbed Sky Nail and Spa in Huntington in November 2011.
A worker says Huynh had a handgun and stole cash. They were able to identify Huynh as the suspect because they say he was a former employee at the salon.
Friday, Huynh entered a Kennedy plea to that robbery during a hearing in Cabell County Circuit Court. A gun charge was dropped as part of the plea.
Huynh was given 10 years behind bars following the plea. That sentence could be reconsidered when he returns to court next month.
Investigators say Huynh also robbed Top Nails salon in the Liberty Square Shopping Center two days after the Huntington robbery in 2011.
They say he went into the business and asked the owner if he was hiring, pulled out a gun and forced the owner and his wife into a back room.
Huynh made a plea deal in the Putnam County case in April. He pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery. The other charges against him were dropped. He will be sentenced in that case in July.
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Cuong Huynh was arraigned on armed robbery and kidnapping charges in Putnam County Magistrate Court Tuesday morning.
According to court records, Huynh went into the Top Nails Salon in the Liberty Square Shopping Center, on Friday, and asked the owner if he was hiring and when he said no -- he pulled out a gun and demanded money.
Then, he forced the owner and his wife into a back room, according to police.
Huynh was arrested over the weekend and charged with armed robbery in Cabell County. He is accused of robbing Sky Nail and Spa on 9th Avenue in Huntington last month.
Huynh is being held in jail without bond.
If convicted, he faces life in prison.
Putnam County Sheriff's deputies tell WSAZ.com Cuong Trong Huynh pulled a gun and robbed Top Nails at Liberty Square Shopping Center Friday.
Deputies say Charleston Police found Huynh in the capitol city and made the arrest.
Huynh is 24-years-old, from Cross Lanes.
He's also suspected of robbing a business in Huntington on October 9, deputies say.
According to a warrant out of Cabell County, Huynh robbed Sky Nail and Spa in Huntington on November 9th. A worker says Huynh had a handgun and stole cash. They were able to identify Huynh as the suspect because they say he was a former employee at the salon.
It was originally reported that two men were involved in the Putnam County robbery. Investigators say it's now unclear whether or not he acted along or if another robber is still on the run.
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Putnam County Deputies tell WSAZ.com they believe a man named Cuong Trong Huynh pulled a gun and robbed the Top Nails at the Liberty Square Shopping Center Friday morning.
Witnesses say Huynh got some cash, hopped into a white car with another man and took off. They were last seen getting on to Interstate 64, but police aren't sure which direction they were headed.
Huynh is 24-years-old, from Cross Lanes. He's also suspected of robbing a business in Huntington on October 9, Deputies say.
A warrant has been issued for Huynh's arrest.
Deputies were called to Top Nails in the Liberty Square Shopping Center in Teays Valley about 11 a.m. Friday.
The owner of the nail salon tells WSAZ.com a man walked into the shop and asked if they were open. When he said yes, the owner says the man pulled out a gun and demanded money.
The owner gave him some cash and the man ran out of the store.
He got into a white car with another man and they took off. They were last seen getting onto Interstate 64, but police aren't sure which direction they were headed.
No one was hurt during the incident.
Dispatchers say two men went into the Top Nails salon in the Liberty Square Shopping Center about 11 a.m. Friday.
Dispatchers say a gun was used during the robbery.
No one was hurt during the incident.
No arrests have been made in the case.
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