Family of Krystal Whipple reacts to her arrest
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
Whipple is accused of running over and killing Las Vegas manicurist Ngoc “Annie” Nguyen on Dec. 29, 2018. She allegedly tried to pay for a $35 manicure with a stolen credit card, but it was declined, so she took off.
The whole incident caught on surveillance video quickly made its way around the world.
The warrant asserts Whipple was taken into custody on burglary and murder charges.
Prior to her arrest, several of Whipple’s family members, including her mother and cousin, publicly spoke out, urging Whipple to turn herself in.
“She needs to turn herself in and come clean, she can’t run forever. Turn yourself in and give this family closure,” her cousin Krystalyn Harrison said in an interview with News 3 on Jan. 7, 2018.
When Harrison found out about Whipple’s arrest on Friday, she was hit with mixed emotions, including relief and a lot of confusion.
“That’s the hardest part. I thought it would make me feel more at ease when she did get caught, but it just messed me up more,” Harrison said. “Her mom is destroyed, she thinks it’s all her fault. It’s just heartbreaking.”
As Whipple’s family deals with these emotions, the victim’s family continues to mourn.
On Friday, Crystal Nails was closed, with this message posted on the front door:
“Sorry for the inconvenience. We will be closed on Friday, January 11, 2019, in memory of Ngoc Q. Nguyen. Crystal Nails & Spa will be open the following day, January 12, 2019.”
At a loss for words, Harrison shared her family’s condolences once again to the victim’s family.
“We’re sorry. I don’t know what else to say,” she said.