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Domestic assault charges against St. Louis chef dismissed

Anh Huy Nguyen was facing domestic assault charges after police say he assaulted and threatened to kill a woman.
Credit: KSDK

ST. LOUIS — Domestic assault charges against the acclaimed chef of a new Tower Grove South restaurant have been dismissed.

Anh Huy "Tony" Nguyen, co-owner of modern Asian restaurant Snō, was arrested and charged with one count each of second-, third- and fourth-degree domestic assault, as well as unlawful use of a weapon.

This week, the case was dismissed due to insufficient evidence, according to the circuit attorney’s office.

According to a probable cause statement filed by a St. Louis police officer, the victim reported that they had gotten into an argument and Nguyen hurt her and couldn't breathe and briefly lost consciousness.

She told the officer that Nguyen struck her and threatened her with a knife.

The officer observed injuries on the victim that included extensive bruising.

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Snō opened in August at 3611 Juanita St., a 4,000-square-foot-space that was previously occupied by VP Square until it closed in late 2021, according to 5 On Your Side's partners at the St. Louis Business Journal.

Prior to opening the restaurant, Nguyen worked at several prestigious restaurants across the country, including serving as executive chef at modern Asian restaurant Crustacean in Beverly Hills, California.

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