Sisters ‘shot beauty parlour owner after row over price of getting nails done’

A 21-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the shooting of a nail bar owner after an argument over the price of a mani-pedi.

Joana Vara is currently in the Harris County Jail, in Houston, Texas, facing a charge of aggravated assault. The owner of Katy Nails, described in local reports as a 42-year-old Asian man, is in a "critical but stable condition" in hospital.

The incident occurred soon May 29 when Vara and her 20-year-old sister, Quetzali Vara, asked for a manicure and pedicure in the salon in Katy, Texas.

After the mani-pedi was finished, the women argued that the price of the treatment was too high.

After a heated exchange Vara eventually paid and left the salon while her sister continued to argue with the owner, according to a police report.

But then, say deputies, Vara came back into the store and rejoined the argument.

After the owner tried to make Vara leave the premises, police say, she produced a handgun and shot him.

The Vara sisters then left the scene at speed, driving away in a distinctive burnt-orange Ford Fusion.

Joana Vara’s phone was left behind at the scene of the shooting.

Quetzali Vara, driving the car, was later stopped by deputies and charged with evading arrest. She has since been released on a $2,500 [£1760] bond.

Joana Vara was arrested on Thursday, June 3, and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Her bond has been set at $60,000 and she was due to appear in court this week.

As yet she does not appear to have engaged a lawyer to represent her.

In Houston, customers can expect to pay on average about $30 [just over £20] for a mani-pedi.

The cost of hiring a criminal defence attorney in the city starts from around ten times that.

In Texas, an aggravated assault is a second-degree felony with punishments including 2 to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 [£7,000].

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