Police in Arizona have arrested the woman accused of fatally mowing down a Nevada manicurist after failing to pay a $35 manicure bill.
People confirmed that Krystal Whipple, 21, was arrested in Phoenix on Friday, 11 days after striking and killing Nhu Nguyen, 53, who attempted to stop her from leaving her Las Vegas business, Crystal Nails & Spa. Police said Whipple tried to pay the salon with a fraudulent card and attempted to flee after telling employees that she was going to her car to retrieve cash.
According to KLAS, Whipple ran over Nguyen, a mother-of-three, after she ran in front of her car. Nguyen was dragged 50 feet; the Clark County coroner’s office determined Nguyen died of multiple blunt force injuries and deemed her death a homicide, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Police also accused Whipple of driving a stolen Camaro that they later found at a nearby apartment complex. They noted that Whipple has a prior conviction for stealing a vehicle in 2016. The Review-Journal reported that authorities zeroed in on Whipple after finding receipts and her fingerprints in the abandoned vehicle.
Authorities stressed that the person who rented the car had no involvement in the December 29 incident.
“It is totally unrelated,” Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officer Larry Hadfield told People. “How [Whipple] came to have the car is part of the investigation but she is no relation to the person who was on the rental agreement.”
Whipple is currently charged with burglary, robbery with a deadly weapon, and murder with a deadly weapon. She was ordered to be held without bond as she awaits extradition to Las Vegas.
[Featured Image: Krystal Whipple/Las Vegas Metro Police Department; Nhu Nguyen/GoFundMe]