Woman Indicted For Allegedly Running Over Salon Manager After Skipping Out On $35 Manicure Bill

Las Vegas authorities say Krystal Whipple struck Nhu “Annie" Ngoc Nguyen with a stolen car, then dragged her through the parking lot before fleeing the scene.

By Jill Sederstrom
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A 21-year-old has been indicted on murder charges after authorities said she struck and killed a Las Vegas salon manager while trying to skip out on a $35 manicure bill.

Krystal Whipple was also indicted by the grand jury on charges of burglary, robbery with a deadly weapon and possession of a stolen vehicle in the death of Nhu “Annie" Ngoc Nguyen, a mother of three, according to The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Nguyen, 51, was working as the manager of Crystal Nails & Spa, on Dec. 29, 2018, when Whipple tried to pay for her manicure with a fraudulent credit card, the Associated Press reports. After the card didn’t go through, authorities said Whipple left the salon saying she planned to get cash from her car, but then tried to take off without ever paying the bill for her freshly painted nails.

Nguyen ran out in front of Whipple’s car—a stolen black Camaro—and tried to stop the vehicle but was struck and dragged across the parking lot. She died from her injuries.

Nguyen’s husband, who has also been identified by some media outlets as her boyfriend, had been trying to hold onto the vehicle from behind as it accelerated out of the parking lot.  

Krystal Whipple

Police later discovered the stolen rental car abandoned in an apartment complex.

Whipple was arrested nearly two weeks later in Glendale, Arizona and has remained in custody at the at the Clark County jail in Las Vegas since January.

She is expected to be arraigned on the charges against her on July 16.

Whipple has a prior criminal record that includes a 2017 conviction for attempted possession of a stolen vehicle.

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