A woman accused of fatally running over a nail salon owner in an attempt to skip out on a $35 manicure has been nabbed by bounty hunters after spending weeks on the run.
Phoenix-area fugitive hunters arrested Krystal Whipple, 21, in Glendale, Arizona on Friday, the Associated Press reports. Local police and FBI agents assisted in the capture. It is expected that she will be extradited back to Las Vegas, the city where she allegedly ran down a nail salon owner after getting a manicure on Dec. 29.
Whipple 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.
That car turned out to be a rental, one that police accuse Whipple of stealing, according to the Associated Press. The vehicle was later found abandoned.
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."
Last year, Whipple was convicted of attempted possession of a stolen vehicle.
Details of the most recent arrest have not been made available.
[Photo: Las Vegas Police Department]
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