SAN JOSE -- A 54-year-old man suspected in a string of armed robberies dating back two years was caught when citizens chased him down after the robbery of a South King Road massage parlor -- the second such crime he is believed to have committed Wednesday afternoon.

Nghia Truong, a San Jose resident, was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on seven armed robbery counts after he was nabbed by several fast-acting bystanders who went after him when the Nhu Y Spa at 2495 S. King was robbed just before 3 p.m., according to San Jose police.

During the chase, "the suspect fired his Airsoft pistol at one citizen and used pepper spray while trying to escape." However, Truong was caught and held until police arrived to arrest him.

Airsoft guns are realistic replicas of real firearms that use bursts of air to fire plastic pellets.

Police believe Truong committed another armed robbery less than an hour earlier, at the D Max Spa at 625 Wool Creek Drive in South San Jose, about 2 ½ miles away.

"The subsequent investigation via interviews, witness identifications and physical evidence led to the suspect being identified in a total of seven armed robberies dating back to 2011," police said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call San Jose robbery detectives at 408-277-4166. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at 408-947-7867 or visit http://svcrimestoppers.org, and may be eligible for a reward.


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