- Ngoc Nguyen was run over and killed on Saturday as she tried to stop a customer from leaving her nail salon without paying the bill, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said.
- On Thursday, the police identified the suspect as Krystal Whipple, 21, and released a mugshot.
- Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding Whipple.
Police have identified a suspect in the recent killing of a Las Vegas manicurist, who authorities say was run over and killed as she chased a customer from her salon when she didn’t pay her $US35 bill.
On Thursday, five days after the death of the manicurist, Ngoc Nguyen, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police released a mugshot of the suspect, Krystal Whipple, 21.
Officials did not say what led them to Whipple. The mugshot they released was taken in April, when she was arrested on multiple warrants, including failing to show up in court on traffic-related violations and in relation to a 2016 case in which she pleaded guilty to attempting to possess a stolen vehicle, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
In a video statement released Thursday, Lt. Ray Spencer asked for the public’s help in tracking down Whipple.
“Please take a close look at this photo,” Spencer said. “It is important we get this suspect into custody, as the victim’s family and this community deserve to have her answer for this horrible crime.”
Police have since released surveillance footage of Nguyen and her partner, Sonny Chung, chasing the woman as she was driving away.
The video shows Nguyen getting in front of the car while Chung jumps on the back. The driver then appears to accelerate forward, mowing Nguyen over. She was dragged about 50 feet and later died at the University Medical Center, according to the Review-Journal.
The black Camaro the woman was driving was later found abandoned in a nearby apartment complex, and police discovered it had been stolen about three weeks earlier, The Associated Press reported.
Chung told the Review-Journal that after the woman’s session on Saturday, she tried to pay her $US35 bill with a card, but it was declined three or four times.
The woman told Nguyen she was going to get money from her car, he said, but then he and Nguyen watched her get into it and start reversing out of her parking space.
A family member of Nguyen told the Las Vegas Sun that she left behind three daughters and two grandchildren.
A GoFundMe has been created to raise money for her funeral.
Anyone with information on Whipple’s whereabouts is being asked to contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Homicide Section by phone at (702) 828-3521 or by email at [email protected] Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or online.
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