HOUSTON, TX (KPRC) — A Texas woman has been indicted for the violent robbery of a nail salon technician in May 2015.
A jury convicted Krista Antoinette Wright, 40, of aggravated robbery on Dec. 5. She was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Prosecuters tell NBC affiliate KPRC-TV that Wright was a long-time customer of a nail technician at a Missouri City salon. When the salon’s manager was out of town, the technician had extra duties, including collecting payments until they were deposited.
Wright visited the salon during the manager’s absence and was aware that they were short-staffed. A release from the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office says it’s likely Wright observed the woman collecting payments.
While she was getting her nails done, the defendant asked the technician about her plans for the evening and the whereabouts of her relatives – which the technician thought was friendly conversation. About nine hours later, Wright returned to the salon as the technician and a coworker were closing the store.
Wright first said she returned because there was something wrong with her nails, but then said her car broke down and asked for a ride home. The technician considered Wright a friend, and agreed to give her a ride home, the release says.
When they arrived at a home in the Hunters Glen subdivision of Missouri City, Wright pulled out a knife and stabbed the woman multiple times. The defendant reportedly threatened to shoot the technician if she attempted to flee.
Wright then took control of the car and drove through Missouri City, Stafford and Houston, while the woman begged to be released. Wright demanded the woman to withdraw cash from ATMs, but the victim did not know her PIN.
The victim offered her car, her purse and personal property and cash from the salon to Wright, according to reports. She then opened the car door and attempted to escape while the car was in motion, despite still bleeding from her stab wounds.
Wright finally stopped in a poorly lit area while the woman pretended to be dead. Wright pulled the woman out of the car by her legs, causing her head to hit the pavement, according to the report. She then dragged the victim behind a dumpster and repeatedly stabbed her again.
The woman said she didn’t make a sound as Wright stabbed her because she wanted Wright to believe that she was dead.
After Wright left, the nail technician managed to get to her feet and flag down two women who called 911. They described the victim to 911 operators as bloody all over, “like something out of a movie.”
Wright was arrested one month later.