By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A convicted felon with a criminal record in two states has been accused of sexually abusing two clients at Royal Nails in July before he was fired from the salon at 913 N. Perkins Road in Stillwater, where he was a contracted worker, court records show.
An arrest warrant was issued on July 17 for Nam Huu Nguyen, 46, who has not yet been located, court records show.
Due to his criminal record, Nguyen could be given as much as two life prison terms if convicted of manually raping a pregnant woman on July 10 and sexually battering another woman on July 15 at the salon, court records show.
Nguyen had been convicted of unauthorized use of a credit card in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, in 2011, for which he was given a five-year sentence, and of passing a bad check in Livingston County Circuit Court, Missouri, in 2002, for which he was given a three-year sentence, court records show.
In his Payne County case, a woman called Stillwater police on July 15 at 6:03 p.m. to report that she was sexually battered when she went to get her nails done at Royal Nails between 3:45 p.m. and 4 p.m., Stillwater Police Detective Mary Kellison alleged in an affidavit.
She said that when she went to Royal Nails with a relative celebrating a birthday, “At one point an employee by the name of Nam offered to wax (her) eyebrows for $10,” and escorted her to a closed room in the back of the nail salon, the affidavit alleged.
After completing the eyebrow wax, “Nam told her they also did bikini waxes,” which she told him she didn’t need, the affidavit alleged.
She said “Nam succeeded in pulling her shorts and panties off and threw them on the ground,” before fondling her genital area, the affidavit alleged.
She said after that, “Nam proceeded to pull down her shirt and bra,” and fondle that area before kissing her on the lips, the affidavit alleged.
The woman has a condition “that weakens her muscles making it difficult for her to ward off any type of physical attack or abuse,” the affidavit said.
After filing a report that day with Stillwater police, the woman “made a post in a private Facebook group,” in which she disclosed the incident and where it happened in hopes that it would not happen to anyone else, the affidavit alleged.
Another woman saw the post and called Stillwater police on July 16, the affidavit said.
That woman, who was 20 weeks pregnant, said that on July 10, she and her sister went to Royal Nails to get her nails done for a birthday, the affidavit alleged.
“Toward the end of her manicure, the gentleman who was doing her sister’s nails asked her if she wanted to get her eyebrows done,” to which she agreed and followed the man, later identified as Nam Nguyen, to a room with an “Employees Only” sign, the affidavit alleged.
“Once inside the room, (the woman) advised Nam waxed her brows and then waxed her lips even though she didn’t ask him to,” which she thought was weird, the affidavit alleged.
She said “Nam asked her if she wanted to do her armpits,” for free, and she “started to lift her shirt when Nam grabbed her shirt and pulled it up,” which made her uncomfortable — she said she tried to pull her shirt down when he said something about her body, the affidavit alleged.
She said “Nam then told her they do bikini waxes,” which she said she didn’t need, the affidavit alleged. She “stated Nam shoved his hand down her pants,” and started fondling her genital area, the affidavit alleged.
She said “she was scared and in complete shock and tried to pull his hand out of her pants,” the affidavit alleged. She said she “told Nam to stop and that she was pregnant,” the affidavit alleged. She said “Nam pulled his hand out, rubbed her belly, and asked her how far along she was,” the affidavit alleged.
She said “she grabbed her stuff, walked out of the room, and headed toward her sister,” whom she told what happened once they were outside, the affidavit alleged.
On July 16 at 3 p.m., the Stillwater police detective contacted the salon owner, who said she fired Nguyen on July 15, “when she was approached by a customer about her experience,” the affidavit alleged.