Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Twenty-one-year-old Krystal Whipple, who allegedly killed a nail salon worker in Las Vegas on December 29, was arrested in Glendale, Arizona, today.
According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Whipple allegedly tried to use her credit card at Crystal Nails and Spa, but it was declined. Then Whipple reportedly said she had to go to her car to get money, so one of the workers, Nhu “Annie” Ngoc Q. Nguyen, 51—and a mother of three—followed her outside to ensure that Whipple would make the payment.
In the police department’s surveillance video, you can see Nguyen putting her hands on the hood of Whipple’s car to try and stop her from driving away, but Whipple allegedly drove off, running over Nguyen in the process. The car dragged Nguyen and her husband, Sonny Chung, who was holding onto the back of the car, as Whipple fled the scene.
Nguyen was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. According to the Clark County Coroner’s Office, Nguyen suffered from multiple blunt-force injuries.
Chung described Nguyen as a “hard worker” and told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “I tried to hold the car back, but I’m not Superman. She ran off for $35 and killed my wife—$35 to run my wife over.” Chung noted, sadly, that the horrific incident occurred during the holidays when their daughters were in town.
The car Whipple drove reportedly turned out to be a stolen black Chevy Camaro convertible, which she later abandoned. In May 2018, Whipple had been sentenced to four months in jail for violating her probation, which was implemented after a previous attempt to steal a car.
Once the police identified Whipple as a suspect, her mother appeared on ABC News and said, “You can’t run, baby. You cannot run. You have to come forward, baby.”
Nguyen’s Go Fund Me page, which has raised nearly $36,000, states, “Her death will not be in vain as she is an organ donor and will be offering her gifts to those who are in need. We love her and are proud of her for her kind sacrifices.”
Whipple is currently in police custody awaiting charges.