Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have arrested a woman caught on camera fatally running over a nail salon employee who tried to stop her from walking out without paying for a $35 manicure.
Las Vegas police say Krystal Whipple was arrested Friday in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale by a team of fugitive hunters involving Phoenix-area police, county investigators and FBI agents. The arrest occurred in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale.
Police say Whipple tried to pay with a fraudulent credit card and told Nguyen that she was going to her vehicle to get cash before killing her as she drove away. He said prosecutors will seek Whipple's extradition from Arizona to Las Vegas where she is wanted on a warrant issued January 4 on murder and robbery charges in the killing of Ngoc Q. Nguyen, 51, of Garden Grove, California.
Whipple is facing felony charges of murder, robbery and burglary, according to court records obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Whipple was identified as the customer-turned-assailant seen on video leaving a nail salon on December 29 and driving a black sedan that allegedly ran over 51-year-old Nhu "Annie" Ngoc Quynh Nguyen.
Whipple then went to her auto, telling salon workers she would come back to pay another way but then tried to drive away, according to police Lt.
Nguyen went to the front of the auto and a man who Spencer identified as Nguyen's husband was seen in the security footage holding onto the vehicle from behind as the auto accelerates out of a parking lot. They used receipts and fingerprints in the vehicle to identify Whipple as the suspect, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
"That information was passed to the FBI Phoenix Violent Crime Task Force who located Whipple and took her into custody without incident a short time ago".