Woman arrested in the death of nail salon worker

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Krystal Whipple, the woman suspected of striking and killing a nail salon worker with her car was arrested in Arizona Friday morning, according to Metro Police.

She had been on the run for two weeks before being located by the Phoenix FBI.

According to officers, on Sat. Dec. 29,  after getting a manicure at a nail salon located in the 4900 block of West Flamingo Road, Whipple left the business when her credit card was declined.  Metro said she told the staff that she would get cash from her vehicle to pay the bill, but instead drove off without paying.

The victim, 51-year-old Ngoc Q. Nguyen of Garden Grove, California, ran in front of the suspect’s car to stop her, but Whipple did not stop and struck Nguyen with her car. Nguyen, a mother of three, died.

Metro says Whipple, 21, was driving a stolen car which they later recovered at a nearby apartment complex. Court records show Whipple has a prior conviction for stealing a vehicle in 2016. 

Police released surveillance video of the incident, asking the public for help. The video was shared thousands of times and people showed their support for Nguyen’s family by raising money to pay for her funeral.

Surveillance video of the incident is in the YouTube video below:

A sign on the nail salon door states it is closed in remembrance of Gnoc Nguyen.

Whipple is facing charges of burglary, robbery with a deadly weapon and murder with a deadly weapon.

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