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Police: Man held in Royal Castle robbery worked with nail-salon suspect

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North Miami police arrested a man last week they believe helped alleged child-killer Anthwan Ragan Jr. rob a Royal Castle burger joint on Nov. 9.  

 
Kenneth Presley, 33, was arrested Friday and charged with armed robbery and grand theft for holding up Arnold's Royal Castle, 12490 NW Seventh Ave. Police wouldn't say how much money the two got away with, but said Presley confessed to the crime.  
 
North Miami Police Maj. Neal Cuevas said Presley appears to be one of several acquaintances of Ragan, a man they believe went on a crime spree late last year that included the killing of 10-year-old Aaron Vu in a nail salon just outside North Miami, and the murder of a man at a motel in the city.  
 
Ragan, 19, is accused of firing two shots during the robbery of family-owned Hong Kong Nails, also in November. One of the bullets killed Vu, the other injured his father. Ragan had an accomplice who has not been identified. The two men held up customers at gunpoint. 
 
Ragan has also been charged with executing a man outside a hotel in North Miami, also in November, and with holding up a convenience store in the city during the same month. 
 
Cuevas said it appears Ragan had a series of accomplices during his November crime spree. The major said police don't believe Presley had anything to do with Vu's murder. 
 
-- CHARLES RABIN, crabin@MiamiHerald.com

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