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VIDEO: Customers attack Vegas nail salon owners after using 'fake money'

Posted at 6:35 PM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 23:11:05-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas police say the owners of gLee Nail Lounge, located on Boulder Highway and Harmon Avenue, were beaten by customers who were accused of paying with fake money.

The owners of the store George Fujita, 76, and Leesa Fujita, 68, said two clients tried to pay for their nail services on Tuesday with a counterfeit $20 bill and roughed up in the process.

Thursday, police and family shared surveillance video of the incident in hopes someone can help identify the man and the women.

The video may be hard to watch; it shows a man pushing Fujita to the floor, then stomping on his wife's face.

Their daughter Dion Awang told 13 Action News she tried to help her parents, but the man almost punched her as she feared she was going to be the third victim.

"Seeing your parents on the ground is a horrific thing ever to see," Awang said.

She also said she couldn't believe that her parents were hurt. Her father, who has diabetes, had his arm cut open, and her mother was at the intensive care unit - treated for a brain bleed.

The Fujitas' are back home recovering from the attack.

Awang admits her father confronted the woman because they've been victims before, customers have "tried to pay with fake money."

Now, nail technicians will be asking new customers to pay upfront to avoid the business from losing money.

"[I'm] disgusted [to see] how it happened. Like why did they do that to my parents?" Awang said.

The video shows a female customer with a man before a struggle starts among the four.

Awang said her father asked for a different form of payment, but when the two customers refused to pay, they tried to walk out.

"That's when the attack happened. He was laying on the ground. My mom came to a stop the fight, and that's when the guy came and stomped on my mom's face," she said.

Police are treating the case as a felony robbery while reminding business owners not to confront a person suspected of a criminal activity because it's not worth your life.

Nine months before this attack, a different nail salon owner in Las Vegas was run over and killed by women who police say refused to pay a $35 manicure.

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