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4 jailed, 1 cited after Layton nail salon riot

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Posted at 10:13 AM, Aug 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-02 19:56:19-04

LAYTON -- Five employees of a Layton mall nail salon were arrested Thursday after police said an inspection turned into an all-out brawl.

Officers were called to the Passion Days Nail Salon inside the Layton Hills Mall just before 2 p.m. Thursday on a report of a disorderly situation. Investigators from the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing were there to conduct a surprise inspection.

"This was a routine investigation," DOPL spokeswoman Jennifer Bolton told FOX 13 on Friday.

Layton police said several employees of the salon tried to kick the DOPL investigators out. Mall security arrived, then police officers. Layton Police Lt. Shawn Horton said officers were trying to calm things down when a man who claimed to be an owner of the salon arrived.

He spoke to workers inside, Horton said, and the confrontation turned violent.

"The officer took (one man) down to the ground, at which point the female employee got on top of the officer and tried to fight," Horton said. "At which point, one of the DOPL investigators tried to help the officer, at which point the other male employee got on an tried to assault the DOPL investigator."

An officer ended up using a Taser on one of the employees, discharging it twice, Horton said. One officer and two of the suspects sustained minor injuries in the fight, police said.

Charlie Ngo, 45, Calvin Ngo, 47, Lien Ngo, 39, and Vo Ngo, 41, were all booked into the Davis County Jail on suspicion of rioting and failure to obey a lawful order. Charlie Ngo was also booked on investigation of multiple counts of assault, assault against an officer and obstruction of justice.

Calvin Ngo was also booked for multiple counts of assault and obstruction of justice.

Lien Ngo was also booked for assault.

Vo Ngo was also booked for disorderly conduct.

Tuyen Thi Ngoc Than, 44, was cited for a license violation and released.

DOPL officials told FOX 13 their investigation into the nail salon continues, but the business had no prior disciplinary action in the past. Having an unlicensed nail technician carries a potential fine as punishment.