Police in Nevada are searching for a suspect accused of running over a manicurist in a stolen car, killing her, after she got her nails done and couldn’t foot the $35 bill.
Authorities said the unidentified suspect went to Crystal Nails and Spa, located less than two miles from the Las Vegas Strip on Flamingo Drive, Saturday afternoon in order to get her nails done, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
At the end of the service, the suspect tried paying with a credit card that was subsequently declined, according to police. She then reportedly told employees that she would retrieve a different form of payment from her vehicle, when the salon’s managers, Nhu Nguyen, 51, and Sonny Chung, followed her outside.
Instead of paying, the suspect then allegedly attempted to flee in the vehicle, which police said was a “black, newer-model Chevrolet Camaro” rental that had been stolen three weeks prior. Nguyen, the suspect’s manicurist, then tried to stop the woman from leaving by hanging onto the back of the car, according to officials.
Police said Nguyen was then struck by the Camaro, according to CBS News. The suspect then allegedly fled in the stolen vehicle. Nguyen was taken to an area hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.
Chung, who told the Review-Journal that he dated Nguyen and managed the salon with her for 13 years, recalled trying to help the victim, whom he referred to as his “wife.”
“I tried to hold the car back, but I’m not Superman,” Chung told the newspaper. “She ran off for $35 and killed my wife — $35 to run my wife over.”
The Clark County coroner’s office reportedly deemed the victim’s death as a homicide, and said she passed away due to “blunt force injuries.”
The vehicle in question was later discovered “unoccupied at a nearby apartment complex.” Officials said they don’t believe the person who initially rented the vehicle was involved in the alleged crime. Authorities are reportedly reviewing surveillance footage from the scene in search of clues as to the suspect’s identity.
This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates as information becomes available.
[Feature photo: Nhu Nguyen/GoFundMe]