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Alleged Las Vegas Chili's Dine-And-Dasher Arrested In California For Mom's Murder

Hend Bustami has been arrested in California for her mother's murder, less than two months after being arrested on unrelated charges at the Las Vegas airport.

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A Las Vegas woman who told officers during her September arrest for dine-and-dashing that they'd "never seen anyone as pretty as her" has now been arrested for her mother's murder.

Hend Karim Bustami, 28, was taken into custody near a Home Depot in Barstow, California at around 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday following the alleged murder of her mother earlier that day in Las Vegas, according to a press release from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and San Bernardino County jail records reviewed by Oxygen.com.

The Las Vegas police say they received a call shortly after 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday informing them of an injured person in a residence on the south side of the city. Lt. Dave Valenta told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the call came from "a frantic female stating that her mother was dead," after which the call was disconnected.

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When they responded, they found a 62-year-old woman with "multiple lacerations" who was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators determined that the unnamed woman had been involved in a verbal altercation with her daughter, Bustami, and that they believe Bustami killed her mother in the course of their argument.

Valenta told the paper that Bustami was located by the California Highway Patrol nearly 150 miles away in Barstow by 5:30 a.m. 

Bustami was previously arrested at the Harry Reid International Airport on Aug. 31, according to court records reviewed by Oxygen.com. In that case, police responded to reports from the airport Chili's of a woman — later identified as Bustami — who ate at the restaurant and then left without paying for her meal, according to Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS. Though police were unable to immediately find her, they realized she was still in the airport after TSA agents reported a woman matching her description was unconscious near a security checkpoint and "hindering their operations."

Police officers then allegedly found Bustami near baggage claim where she was “belligerent with officers, saying she was being harassed because cops [had] never seen anyone as pretty as her,” according to police reports reviewed by KLAS.

Police discovered there was another warrant out for her arrest in another case, the station reported — Las Vegas Municipal Court records reviewed by Oxygen.com show she was cited for battery after an incident on the evening of June 1 — and attempted to arrest her. (The Las Vegas Municipal Court generally only has jurisdiction over traffic cases and simple misdemeanors.)

Bustami then allegedly told police "that she was going to spit on all [the officers] and that officers were perverts and were trying to rape her because they have never seen anyone as good looking,” the arrest report said, according to KLAS.

She was charged with a violation of public conduct-airports — a misdemeanor — but the district attorney declined to prosecute that case on Sept. 4, according to state court records reviewed by Oxygen.com. She was due in court for the battery charge on Sept. 27 but both the Las Vegas Municipal Court and the Las Vegas Marshal's office say that there is currently a warrant out for her arrest in the battery case.

She is currently being held at the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga and is due in court on Nov. 1. Nevada state court records indicate that she was officially charged with open murder with the use of a deadly weapon on Thursday.