Fugitive Hunters Help Nab Suspect in $35 Salon Killing

Krystal Whipple, 21, was taken into custody
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 12, 2019 10:05 AM CST
Cops Nab Suspect in $35 Nail Salon Killing
This undated Clark County Detention Center booking photo shows Krystal Whipple, 21, of Las Vegas.   (Clark County Detention Center/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP)

A 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 a salon worker who tried to stop her has been arrested in Arizona, police said Friday. Krystal Whipple, 21, was taken into custody by a team of Phoenix-area fugitive hunters involving local police, county investigators and FBI agents, the AP reports. The arrest occurred in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale. Details of the arrest are scant, but a police officer says prosecutors will seek Whipple's extradition from Arizona to Las Vegas where she is wanted on a warrant issued Jan. 4 on murder and robbery charges in the killing of Ngoc Nguyen, 51, of Garden Grove, Calif.

The case sparked intense national interest after police released an internet plea for help identifying Whipple and showing parking lot security video of a woman leaving the nail salon Dec. 29. Homicide Lt. Ray Spencer said Whipple tried to pay for her manicure with a fraudulent credit card before telling Nguyen that she was going to her car to get cash, then drove away. Nguyen went to the front of the car and a man who Spencer identified as Nguyen's husband was seen in the security footage holding onto the vehicle from behind as the car accelerates out of a parking lot. Police say the car was a rental that had been stolen. It was later found abandoned at an apartment complex. (Meanwhile, police say they have an answer to a string of mysterious shootings.)

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