On Camera: Nail Salon Workers Fight Attacker–Chairs Get Involved

February 6, 2018 Updated: October 5, 2018

Gustavo Aranda, 25, picked the wrong nail salon crew to mess with. After allegedly attacking them for no apparent reason, they fought back, even trying to smash a chair over his back.

Aranda allegedly started his day early on Wednesday, Jan. 31, by carjacking a 2007 gray Toyota 4 Runner around 8:25 a.m. in Van Nuys, California.

At around 10 a.m., he entered a nail salon on Burbank Boulevard in Los Angeles “and began hitting three women inside for no reason,” Los Angeles Police Department stated in a release. “The victims were involved in an intense fight for their life with the dangerous suspect.”

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Nail salon workers fight off an attacker in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, 2018. (LAPD)

A security camera video released by the department shows one of the workers grabbing Aranda’s legs, while another attempts to hit him with a chair.

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“The suspect punched the victims several times,” the release stated. “He also swung a chair and hit the victim until employees from a neighboring business arrived and apprehended the suspect.”

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The approximate location of a nail salon where workers fought an attacker in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, 2018. (Screenshot via Google Maps)

Police are still looking for the stolen car.

The department is asking anyone with information about this case to contact Detective Barba or Detective Cheun, Van Nuys Area Detectives at 818 374-0081. During non-business hours or on weekends, please contact 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.


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