Woman wanted in fatal collision in Las Vegas is arrested in Phoenix

Krystal Whipple (Las Vegas MPD)

Police in Nevada said a woman wanted in the death of a Las Vegas nail salon owner was arrested in Arizona.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department tweeted Friday that Krystal Whipple had been arrested in the morning.

The agency tweeted the arrest occurred in Glendale, but police in the Arizona city said they were informed by Las Vegas homicide detectives that the arrest was actually made in Phoenix.

Ms. Whipple had been identified as the driver in a Dec. 29 hit-and-run collision outside of a nail salon in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas police emailed a news release to the Daily News-Sun, which says the Las Vegas Criminal Apprehension Team developed information on the whereabouts of Ms. Whipple.

That information was passed to the FBI Phoenix Violent Crimes Task Force, which located Ms. Whipple and took her into custody without incident.

Below are details in a Jan. 3 Associated Press article of the initial incident:

A 21-year-old Las Vegas woman was being sought Thursday for allegedly using a stolen car to run over and kill a Las Vegas nail salon owner who chased her last weekend for failing to pay for a $35 manicure, police said.

Las Vegas police released storefront security video footage of the Saturday afternoon incident along with a plea for information on the whereabouts of the suspect, Krystal Whipple.

The video shows Ngoc Q. Nguyen, 51, of Garden Grove, California, jumping in front of a black sedan before being dragged beneath the car as it speeds away.

Homicide Lt. Ray Spencer said Whipple tried to pay for her manicure with a fraudulent credit card and told Nguyen and her husband that she was going to her car to get cash before beginning to drive away.

The husband, whose name has not been released, can be seen in the security footage holding onto the vehicle from behind.

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.

An attorney who represented Whipple in that case did not immediately respond Thursday to messages.



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