Las Vegas police ID suspect accused of running over, killing manicurist

Krystal Whipple is accused of running over and killing a Las Vegas manicurist while trying to leave a nail salon without paying. (Photo: LVMPD)

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) - A 21-year-old woman is accused of running over and killing a Las Vegas manicurist on Saturday, according to police.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police say detectives are searching for Krystal Whipple, who has been identified as a suspect in the deadly incident.

A previous booking photo of Whipple, dated April 2018, was provided in a press release from LVMPD.

Police allege Whipple left a nail salon Saturday, Dec. 29, without paying.

Lt. Ray Spencer with LVMPD said she tried to pay for service at a nail salon with a fraudulent credit card.

When the credit card was declined, the woman left the nail salon, saying she was going to her car to get money, but instead got into her car and attempted to leave.

The victim, identified by the Clark County coroner as Ngoc Q. Nguyen, went outside to try to prevent the woman from leaving.

Surveillance video released by LVMPD shows the woman leaving in a dark-colored, two-door convertible. Nguyen runs in front of the car, but it keeps moving forward, running her over while another person tries to hang onto the back.

Whipple has faced charges for possession of a stolen credit card and attempted possession of a stolen vehicle.

She was on probation for the later charge when it was revoked on May 1, 2018, and she was ordered to spend four months in the Clark County Detention Center. The court record does not show if she was arrested and served the modified sentence.

Some of Nguyen's family members have set up a memorial fund. If you'd like to contribute, click here. Her family members shared these words on the page:

Unfortunately, we lost a selfless soul on Saturday, December 29th, 2018. We miss her very much and will always hold her dear in our hearts and memories.
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