Krystal Whipple caught; allegedly killed woman over $35 manicure

Krystal Whipple, 21, of Las Vegas. (Clark County Detention Center/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP, File) 

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 21-year-old woman sought for almost two weeks by authorities in Las Vegas after allegedly skipping out on a $35 manicure and using a stolen car to run over and kill the manicurist has been arrested in Arizona, police said Friday.

Krystal Whipple was taken into custody by a team of Phoenix-area fugitive hunters involving local police, county investigators and FBI agents, Las Vegas police said. The arrest occurred in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, a 300-mile drive from Las Vegas.

Las Vegas police Officer Jacinto Rivera said he did not immediately have details of the arrest. He said prosecutors will seek her extradition from Arizona.

Whipple had been sought in a warrant issued Jan. 4 on murder and robbery charges in the killing of Ngoc Q. Nguyen, 51.

The case sparked intense national interest after police released surveillance video of the violent incident Dec. 29 outside Crystal Nails & Spa in Las Vegas.

Homicide Lt. Ray Spencer said Whipple tried to pay for her manicure with a fraudulent credit card. When the charge was declined, she said she was going to her car to get cash.

Seeing that the customer actually was starting to drive off without paying, Nguyen and Sonny Chung — whom Spencer identified as Nguyen’s husband — ran out to try to stop her.

As Nguyen stepped in front of the car, the driver accelerated and ran her over. Chung held onto the back of the car and fell off as it left the parking lot.

Police say the car was a rental that had been stolen. It was later found abandoned at an apartment complex.

Whipple has a criminal record in Las Vegas including a conviction in 2017 for attempted possession of a stolen vehicle. Clark County District Court records said she was sentenced to four months in jail for violating probation in that case.

An attorney who represented Whipple at that time said he doesn’t represent her now.

Source: Mercury news
Krystal Whipple caught; allegedly killed woman over manicure