A California man who police say had just carjacked a vehicle broke into a Sherman Oaks nail salon Wednesday and began attacking women inside without provocation. However, as surveillance footage of the incident shows, he quickly got more than he bargained for as two sisters inside the salon — who happened to be getting manicures to celebrate a birthday — violently subdued him until police arrived and arrested him.
According to KCAL-TV, police identified the suspect as Gustavo Aranda. According to police, Aranda had carjacked a vehicle and then, for reasons that were not clear, entered the nail salon and began attacking women inside with a chair. In the surveillance video, the sisters can be seen immediately fighting back, grabbing chairs of their own and pummeling Aranda until he was subdued. Meanwhile, some of the patrons fled to go get help from neighboring businesses — eventually, employees from a neighboring business arrived and restrained Aranda until police arrived.
The sisters told KCAL through a translator that they alternated their attacks on Aranda: "We alternated. When he was on top of her, I came and fought with him to rescue her. And when he turned his attention to me and started attacking me, she came to my aid."
Rene Solis, one of the men who came to their aid, told KCAL that by the time he arrived, all the fight had gone out of the man due to the sisters' efforts, saying "They were battling each other with chairs and stuff, so by the time I got real, real in the battle, he just stopped… At that same time, he was just mumbling, you know, ‘Just kill me now.'"
One of the sisters, Virginia Martinez Bojorquez, was covered in bruises but the women were otherwise unharmed.
As of Thursday morning, Aranda was being held on $150,000 bail for suspicion of carjacking.