Nail salon worker dies trying to stop woman who fled without paying for manicure
A nail salon worker was killed as she tried to stop a woman who fled without paying for a £28 manicure.
Police are hunting for the suspect, who used a stolen car to run over and kill Nhu Ngoc Quynh Nguyen in Las Vegas.
The unidentified woman got her nails done at Crystal Nails & Spa, near to the Las Vegas Strip, on Saturday.
But when she went to pay, her credit card was declined, authorities said.
The woman then went to her car, telling salon workers she would come back to pay another way but then tried to drive away, police Lieutenant Ray Spencer told reporters.
Manicurist Nguyen, known as Annie, ran in front of the car to try to stop the suspect from fleeing and was run over by the vehicle, police said.
Nguyen, 51, suffered severe injuries and was taken to hospital, where she later died.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office recorded her cause of death as multiple blunt-force injuries.
The mum-of-three’s death is now being treated as murder, Officer Larry Hadfield said.
Sonny Chung, who lived with Nguyen for 13 years, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he tried in vain to stop the suspect.
"I tried to hold the car back, but I’m not Superman," Chung told the newspaper. "She ran off for $35 and killed my wife — $35 to run my wife over."
The suspect escaped in a rental car that had been stolen three weeks ago, officers said. The vehicle was later found abandoned at a nearby apartment complex.
The person who rented the car is not believed to be connected to the murder. Police are now reviewing CCTV footage to try to identify the suspect.
A GoFundMe page for Nguyen, which said she had three daughters, had raised more than $10,000 by Tuesday.
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