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Woman charged after dragging, running over Charlotte hair stylist with car

India Williams
India Williams

A Charlotte hair stylist was expected to undergo surgery Thursday after a customer who tried to leave without paying a bill ran the mother of four over with her car, police said.

Yapo “Nadege” Nangui, a 38-year-old employee at Bignon’s African Hair Braiding and Weaving on North Tryon Street, is expected to recover from the injuries she received Tuesday after being dragged and run over by India Williams, police said.

Annie Sanders, another employee at the salon, was also injured but is recovering at home, according to shop owner Kristy Beke. The employees were allegedly confronting Williams about unpaid service.

Police charged Williams, 22, with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to commit serious injury and two counts of hit-and-run personal injury. She was released from the Mecklenburg County jail on a $20,000 bond Tuesday, the jail log said.

Williams told police she was sitting in her parked car Tuesday after getting her hair braided when Nangui and Sanders, 40, walked up and grabbed onto the driver’s side door. Williams told police the women were threatening her so she “immediately backed up.”

As the car reversed, it dragged Nangui and Sanders, the report states, after which the car’s front left tire rolled on top of Sanders, while Nangui was pulled beneath the front and rear tires.

A witness told police she saw the car quickly reverse while the women were leaning over it. She said she saw Nangui get dragged and ran over before the car drove off along North Tryon Street.

Police said Sanders sustained injuries to her hip and thigh. Nangui was unable to give police a statement because her injuries were too severe. The women were taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where Nangui was expected to undergo surgery Thursday to repair a broken shoulder, said the shop owner Beke.

She also has cuts and bruises on her back, neck, head and face, Beke said.

Beke called Nangui, who has worked at the salon for two years, a dedicated employee who works nearly seven days a week, often opening and closing the shop. The salon’s manager has coordinated with Nangui’s clients to reschedule appointments.

Nangui and her children moved to Charlotte from the Ivory Coast in 2013, Beke said. Her husband had moved to Charlotte in 2007.

“She’s a hardworking woman,” Beke said. “She speaks English, but she’s very quiet.”

Beke said Nangui finished braiding Williams’ hair at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and charged $185. Williams apparently told employees she did not have money to pay for her braids but said a friend would bring cash.

More than two hours passed before Nangui and Sanders spotted Williams trying to leave the shop without paying, Beke said. The two women went to speak with her and a confrontation ensued.

Beke hadn’t been to the hospital Thursday, but said, during past visits, Nangui could communicate by moving her head and fingers.

“It’s sad that ... for a couple of dollars, you would want to hurt somebody,” Beke said. “Getting braids and doing your hair is a luxury. It’s not a necessity.”

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