A woman is accused of fatally running over a nail salon owner in an attempt to skip out on a $35 manicure.
Krystal Whipple, 21, tried at first to use a fraudulent credit card to pay for her newly polished nails, Las Vegas Police Lt. Ray Spencer said in a video. But, when that didn’t work, Spencer said she left the salon, stating that she needed to get money from her car.
But nail salon owner Ngoc Nguyen, 51, noticed her trying to drive away instead of coming back with the cash.
“The victim ran after her to stop her from leaving.” the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a news release. “The victim ran in front of the suspect’s car. The suspect did not stop and struck the victim with the car.”
“The female in front of the car was thrown under the vehicle and later died,” Spencer said.
Nguyen's husband, Sonny Chung, witnessed the car strike his wife and he tried to stop the suspect
"I tried to hold the car back, but I'm not Superman," Chung told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "She ran off for $35 and killed my wife — $35 to run my wife over."
Police have released a previous booking photo of Whipple and Spencer urged the public to take a good look at her face. He said she needs to “answer for this horrible crime.”
Last year, Whipple was convicted of attempted possession of a stolen vehicle.
Anyone with information about her whereabouts or details on the case is urged to reach out to the Las Vegas Police Department at 702-828-3521, or by email at email@example.com. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, or online at www.crimestoppersofsnv.com.
[Photo: Las Vegas Police Department]
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