USA woman ‘who killed manicurist to flee US$35 bill’ captured

  • USA woman ‘who killed manicurist to flee US$35 bill’ captured

USA woman ‘who killed manicurist to flee US$35 bill’ captured

Police say a 21-year-old woman sought for nearly two weeks after allegedly skipping out on a US$35 manicure and using a stolen auto to run over and kill a manicurist who chased her in Las Vegas has been arrested in Arizona.

Las Vegas police say Krystal Whipple was arrested Friday in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale by a team of fugitive hunters involving Phoenix-area police, county investigators and FBI agents.

A manhunt for Whipple began on December 29 after she allegedly ran over and killed 51-year-old salon owner Ngoc Q. Nguyen.

Police said Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 that Whipple is sought as the suspect who used a stolen rental vehicle to run over and kill nail salon owner, Ngoc Q. Nguyen, 51, of Garden Grove, Calif., who chased her for failing to pay for a $35 manicure on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Las Vegas. She then clutches the front of the vehicle while Chung holds onto the back as it begins to speed off. Chung continues to cling to the auto as it runs over Nguyen, who was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. She died as a result of her injuries.

Police identified Whipple as a suspect, and her picture publicized on January 3. She is facing murder and robbery charges.

Police say the vehicle was rental and had been stolen weeks ago.

Officers found the Camaro at a nearby apartment complex.

"The Las Vegas Criminal Apprehension Team developed information on the whereabouts of Whipple", according to a statement by Las Vegas Metro Police. They used receipts and fingerprints in the auto to identify Whipple as the suspect, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. Clark County District Court records said she was sentenced to four months in jail for violating probation in that case.