Jan 11, 2019, 3:11 PM ET

Woman who allegedly struck, killed manicurist after skipping out on $35 bill arrested, police say

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The woman who allegedly hit and killed a manicurist after skipping out on her $35 bill has been arrested, according to police.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced that Krystal Whipple, 21, was arrested in Glendale, Arizona, Friday morning after investigators learned about her whereabouts.

Whipple's mother, Sharon Whipple, and grandmother, Carol Whipple, told ABC News that she was spotted and recognized by a civilian in Arizona, who then called authorities.

On Dec. 29, Whipple told workers at the Las Vegas nail salon that she needed to go to her car to retrieve cash after her credit card declined, police said.

PHOTO: Las Vegas Police are searching for Krystal Whipple, 21, who allegedly left a nail salon without paying and ran over the owner with her car on Dec.29, 2018.Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
Las Vegas Police are searching for Krystal Whipple, 21, who allegedly left a nail salon without paying and ran over the owner with her car on Dec.29, 2018.

When victim Ngoc Q. Nguyen, saw Whipple starting the car, she rushed toward the vehicle and was struck, police said.

Surveillance video shows Nguyen running out of the salon in an attempt to catch Whipple before she drove off in the black Chevrolet Camaro rental car, police said.

PHOTO: Las Vegas Police are searching for Krystal Whipple, 21, who allegedly left a nail salon without paying and ran over the owner with her car on Dec.29, 2018.Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
Las Vegas Police are searching for Krystal Whipple, 21, who allegedly left a nail salon without paying and ran over the owner with her car on Dec.29, 2018.

Nguyen ran out in front of the car, while her husband ran to the back, and the car accelerated through the parking lot and struck Nguyen, dragging her for about 50 feet, the video shows.

Nguyen later died at a local hospital, and the car was found abandoned in a nearby housing complex, police said.

PHOTO: Krystal Whipple, 21, is pictured in this undated photo released by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police.Clark County Detention Center/LVMPD via AP
Krystal Whipple, 21, is pictured in this undated photo released by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police.

Additional details on Whipple's arrest were not released. Sharon Whipple and Carol Whipple told ABC News that she is relieved that her daughter has been located but had hoped she would have "turned herself in" instead.

Nguyen is survived by her husband, three daughters and several grandchildren.

ABC News' Connor Burton, Karine Hafuta and Bopha Phorn contributed to this report.

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  • Thomas

    I wonder what she will be charged with. Nevada has some weird laws.

    Vehicular Manslaughter in Nevada is a misdemeanor. NRS 484B.657 This is usually for simple neglgence which does not appear to apply to this case.

    Reckless Driving resulting in a death is a Category B felony (1-6 years and $2-5K) NRS 484B.653

    Vehicular Homicide is a crime limited to Las Vegas but has some specific requirements that may not fit this crime (Under the influence of drugs/alcohol, and 3 prior convictions) NRS 484C.130

    I wonder if they can charge her with Second Degree Murder NRS 200.030

    If not and if she is convicted of Reckless Driving resulting in death, she will get 1-6 and probably be out in 3. Not exactly a harsh punishment.

  • Ron Hedman

    My prayers go out to the family. Such a tragedy does serve as a lesson. It didn't have to end in death. You don't jump in front of a car in an attempt to stop someone from a robbery, which technically, this was. Especially for a mere $35. At any business that works with the public, when a customer rips you off, you call the police. That's their job. Detaining a criminal is not yours. Just like a convenience store, just give them the money. Your life is priceless, far more than any amount of cash or services. This tragedy was so senseless all the way around.

  • The Antithesis

    I'm just glad they "nailed " her !

  • CatMom

    Her $35 would have better been spent on a hairbrush.

  • Morgan Sheridan

    No accident, Grandma. I'm glad they got her. I hope she winds up with life without possibility of parole.

  • Sara Mullen

    Fingernails grow for free. Nobody has to die.

  • Bitter Clinger

    Nominated for 2019's worst impulse decision.

  • TexasVulcan

    I am so glad this criminal was caught. There are too many in the USA who cannot afford to lose even a small part of their income. And now a woman is dead for it.

  • threehundredthousand

    For a manicure. She killed a good woman and threw her own life away for a manicure. Einstein was right about stupidity.

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."

  • dan

    Two murder arrests in two days and neither one fit the criteria to make it in a Trump speech.

  • reality25

    Missing from the article-

    "Police said the car was a rental that had been stolen last month and was later found abandoned at a nearby apartment complex.

    Whipple was convicted in 2017 in Las Vegas of attempted possession of a stolen vehicle, according to Clark County District Court records. She was sentenced to four months in jail last year for violating probation in that case".
    ********
    Whipple is in some BIG trouble.

  • j penske

    As much as I hate to say it because this is a tragedy, and I'm certainly not placing fault, but the employee and the husband should not have gone to the front and back of the car. For $35, they risked their lives, and look what happened. NOT worth it. Yes, I'm sure the employee was a hard worker and it would make me mad if a customer ripped me off, but that still wasn't worth it.
    I am glad they got the driver and hope she gets what she deserves. Of course, she'll plea not guilty.

  • Rod Strongo

    There's no "allegedly" about it when it's on video.

  • Toshiro Histugaya

    She got caught and Jayme escaped, was discovered and now safe. Not a bad Friday.

  • babs1960

    Glad she was caught.
    Sad the lady lost her life. I'm sure the girl knew the card wouldn't work when she walked in the place.

  • mm

    Years ago when I worked in banks we were told to let a robber go, your life isn't worth the money. This is so sad over 35.00. I hope she rots in prison.

  • Misty Mac 💯

    Who’s going do her nails in prison? I wish her a very, very long life in a jail cell, while she thinks about the fact that she took an innocent woman’s life while committing theft of services.

  • rontron

    If her credit card was denied, how did she pay for the rental car or did they not verify it. Vehicular manslaughter at minimum. The couple should have just taken the license number and called the police. She must have used some valid ID to get the car, so the company would have known who she was.

  • Enough Already

    Cannot believe she is trying to run out on $35...stupid

    Was the girl there on vacation? If so, shouldn’t she have had money on her? If not don’t go get your nails done

    I know the owner wants her money but stopping her is not worth her life. Just get the license plate

  • gold6185

    Spending life in a Nevada prison over a $35 manicure???

  • CaptnBlynd

    About time.

  • Dicazi

    I wonder how she got to Arizona?
    A bus ticket would have cost more than $35, I would think.

  • bb1040

    I am thinking the $35 bill is the least of her worries right now, but that will be added to the charges.....

  • BigRead

    Put her away for a long time, hopefully she won't have any children.

  • Juggles

    .....all for a $35 manicure.... redefining 'senseless'.... Glad they caught her.

  • Prophet With Honor

    I REALLY want to hear her attempt at an excuse.

  • Don'tBotherMe

    I'm glad she was finally apprehended. Now, please stop showing her face everywhere . . . I'm sick of looking at it.