2019-01-03 14:45:34 UTC
flee without paying for her $35 manicure, Nhu "Annie" Ngoc Quynh Nguyen
tried to fight back.
Now, authorities in Las Vegas are investigating Nguyen's death.
Nguyen, 51, a Vietnamese refugee who raised her daughters in the United
States, was killed Dec. 29 outside her nail salon near the Las Vegas
Strip when she tried to stop the fleeing customer, Metropolitan Police said.
The customer, a woman who has not yet been identified and remains at
large, hit Nguyen with a stolen rental car and drove away, authorities said.
Nguyen died of blunt force injuries, the Clark County coroner's office
told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Her death was ruled a homicide.
The incident unfolded Saturday afternoon, after the suspect sat for a
$35 manicure at Nguyen's salon, Crystal Nails and Spa. Nguyen co-managed
the business with her longtime partner, Sonny Chung.
The female customer tried to pay with a credit card, Chung told the
Review-Journal, but the card was declined multiple times.
The woman told Nguyen she would retrieve money from her car, Chung said.
The couple followed the woman outside, approached the car and tried to
get the driver's attention.
"My wife ran out and tried to stop her, and then [the customer] rolled
forward," Chung told the Review-Journal.
Police said the driver hit Nguyen and dragged her before fleeing the
store parking lot. Witnesses told Fox 5 Vegas the altercation was over