Local salons react to fatal hit-and-run of manicurist; suspect still at large

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Metro Police are still searching for the woman accused of killing a Las Vegas nail salon worker. According to officers, 21-year-old Krystal Whipple ran over 51-year-old Ngoc Nguyen after Nguyen and her husband chased after Whipple when she left their salon without paying.

It occurred Saturday at a nail salon near W. Flamingo Road and S. Decatur Boulevard.  Police said fleeing the scene, Whipple ran over Nguyen, and didn’t stop.

Metro Police released surveillance video of the violent act Thursday.

8 News NOW called more than a dozen nail salons in the valley Friday.  Of the ones we spoke with, three of them said they too have had customers leave without paying, which is a sad reality in this business because it’s pretty much based on trust between salons and their customers.  

“At all times we believe, we give trust in the customer that they’re gonna be satisfied with the job and that they’re gonna pay at the end; that’s how the business works,” said Jake Le, manages the Pedi Lounge & Nails salon in Las Vegas.

Le says he’s been fortunate because his salon has never had a customer bail on the bill, but according to Le, if a customer ever does that, he doesn’t want his employees to risk their lives.  Instead, he wants them to gather as much information on the suspect for police. 

Le says he hopes Whipple is caught soon.

“Everyone here is working hard in order to pay their bills, and they have their responsibilities,” Le said. “We try best to satisfy the customer. That is something very bad that you [Whipple] did to the family. She [Nguyen] has children.”

A GoFundMe account has been set up to pay for Nguyen’s funeral expenses.  All proceeds from the salon, Crystal’s Nail and Spa, will also benefit Nguyen’s funeral and her daughter’s college tuition.

Nguyen’s daughter is in her third year at UC Berkely. 8 News NOW was told Nguyen worked extra hours to pay for her education.

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