'You Can't Run, Baby': Mother Of Alleged Nail Salon Killer Pleads With Daughter To Turn Herself In

Krystal Whipple, 21, is still on the run from Las Vegas authorities after allegedly running over Ngoc Nguyen in an attempt to skip out on a $35 manicure.

By Eric Shorey

Police are currently searching for a Las Vegas woman accused of fatally striking a nail salon employee with her car after running away from a $35 bill. Now, the mother of the alleged killer is begging her daughter to turn herself in.

Krystal Whipple, 21, is wanted by police after she allegedly hit, dragged, and subsequently killed manicurist Ngoc Q. Nguyen with a stolen rental black Chevy Camaro on Dec. 29. Whipple remains at large and is currently being hunted by Las Vegas Police, who have since discovered the abandoned vehicle.

Sharon Whipple, Krystal's mother, is asking her daughter to surrender.

"You can't run, baby," Sharon told ABC News. "You cannot run. You have to come forward, baby."

Sharon also offered her apologies to the three children of Nguyen.

"I am so sorry that you lost your mom and I couldn't imagine how you feel," Sharon said. "And I hope that you find it in your heart to forgive my daughter and my family."

Whipple told Nguyen that she had to go to her vehicle for cash after a fraudulent card she attempted to pay with had been declined, police said. Nguyen spotted Whipple attempting to flee and placed herself in front of the car to stop her. Whipple, instead, allegedly struck Nguyen as she sped away. Nguyen's husband had attempted to intervene to no avail. Nguyen died from injuries at a hospital shortly after the altercation.

The death is being investigated as a homicide, according to USA Today.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released a 2018 jailhouse photo of Whipple to the public on Thursday in the hopes of receiving tips that would lead to her capture. The image is from a Whipple's previous conviction for attempted possession of a stolen vehicle.

Anyone with information about Krystal's 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 homicide@lvmpd.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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