LAYTON — Police arrested four people Thursday following an altercation at a nail salon.
The incident began just before 2 p.m. at Passion Day Salon and Nails in the Layton Hills Mall when two Utah Department of Occupational and Professional Licensing investigators went to the salon, Layton Police Lt. Shawn Horton said.
The investigators were there to enforce a licensing violation, but multiple employees interfered and tried to force them out of the salon.
Horton said two Layton police officers responded and had the situation largely under control when a man claiming he was the owner tried to enter the salon. Horton said others in the salon had said they were the owners, and officers asked the man to wait outside.
The man kept trying to force his way into the salon and then began speaking to employees in a foreign language, police said.
"It seemed like from the confrontation he had with them, he got them agitated," Horton said.
One employee stood and ignored an officer's order to sit down, prompting multiple employees to then began fighting with the officers. At one point, three of the employees were involved in a "melee" against one officer, Horton said, prompting a second officer to pull out a Taser.
Only a single male continued to fight the officer, prompting the police officer to deploy the Taser on the man. Fire and medical officials were called to check on the man at the scene, and he was later checked again at an area hospital.
One officer and two of the employees sustained minor injuries in the incident.
Charlie, Calvin, Lien and Vo Ngo were booked into the Davis County Jail for investigation of riot and failure to obey a lawful order.
Charlie Ngo, 45, instigated the fight with the officer, Horton said, and was also booked on suspicion of assault against an officer and obstruction of justice.Comment on this story
Calvin Ngo, 47, was also booked for investigation of assault and obstruction of justice, and Lien Ngo, 39, was also booked on suspicion of assault.
Vo Ngo, 41, the man who arrived at the store later and started speaking with the employees and instigated the incident, is being investigated for disorderly conduct.
Horton said the DOPL investigators were there as part of an investigation into allegations that some of the employees were working without being licensed. One female employee was cited for the violation and released.