The suspect was identified as 21-year-old Krystal Whipple, seen in a previous booking photo of April 2018, according to police.
(Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
As the hunt continued for the 21-year-old Krystal Whipple, who allegedly ran over a nail salon technician in a deadly encounter in Las Vegas, the suspect’s mother spoke Saturday, begging her daughter to turn himself in.
“You can’t run, baby,” Sharon Whipple told ABC News through tears, speaking to her daughter. “Can not be performed. You have to come forward, the baby.”
Video of the incident appeared to show Krystal Whipple striking and killing 51-year-old “Annie” Ngoc V. Nguyen with her Chevy Camaro on Dec. 29. Whipple was allegedly trying to escape after her debit card was declined for her $35 manicure.
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Witnesses said Whipple told the salon staff she was going to her car to get money. When Nguyen saw the young woman start the car and drive away, she ran out to stop her, jump in front of the vehicle. The beloved salon owner and mother of three finally was dragged about 50 feet and died from her injuries.
The Camaro was later found by a nearby complex and was identified as a rental, theft a month earlier. Whipple previously had been charged with attempted possession of a stolen vehicle and served four months in prison for a probation violation.
Nguyen was said to be one of the pillars of the community who worked tirelessly to send her daughters to the university and to the support of her family. “Our mother was much loved by the community here,” her daughter Anne Trinh told ABC News. “It’s very traumatic.” A GoFundMe page has already raised more than $30,000 for Nguyen’s family to pay for her funeral.
If Sharon Whipple emotional plea for her daughter to turn themselves in, they spoke to Nguyen three daughters, saying: “I’m so sorry that you lost your mother and I could not imagine how you feel.”
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She added that she hoped that Nguyen family could “find it in your heart to forgive, my daughter and my family.”
In the meantime, Las Vegas Police remain resolute in their pursuit of justice.
“We’re going to have a huge amount of resources to ensure that the person, the prime suspect, is responsible for the,” Las Vegas Police Lieutenant Ray Spencer said. “It is important that we have this suspect in custody, if the family of the victim and this community to make her answer for this terrible crime.”