Las Vegas Nail Salon Manager Killed By Customer Over $35 Manicure Bill
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with further details on the suspect.
A nail salon manager in Las Vegas was tragically killed after chasing a customer skipping out on a $35 manicure bill.
Witnesses say the suspect at the Crystal Nails on Flamingo Road left after her credit card was declined on Saturday afternoon, NBC affiliate KSNV reports.
The victim, identified as Ngoc Nguyen, was run over by the customer after going after her.
Nguyen was pronounced dead at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada at around 4:40 p.m. The Clark County coroner’s spokesperson classified her death as a homicide, stating that Nguyen was killed by “multiple blunt force injuries.”
Nguyen, 51, is survived by three daughters in their twenties and two grandchildren, aged 4 and 6.
According to the local authorities, the suspect fled driving a black Chevrolet Camaro which was later found to be stolen from a rental agency three weeks ago. “My wife ran out and tried to stop her, and then she rolled forward,” Sonny Chung, Nguyen’s partner and the store’s co-manager, was quoted as saying.
“I tried to hold the car back, but I’m not Superman,” Chung lamented. “She ran off for $35 and killed my wife — $35 to run my wife over.”
The suspect abandoned the stolen car at a nearby apartment complex on Saturday night. The Las Vegas police stated that the suspect remains at large as of this writing. Authorities reportedly described the suspect as a “white woman in her mid-20s,” according to NBC. “We do not believe the person who originally rented the car is the suspect,” said Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Lt. Ray Spencer. Nguyen’s relatives have set up a GoFundMe page on her behalf to help fund her funeral.