Suspicious circumstances surrounding a woman’s death at a beauty salon lead to the arrest of her masseuse.
The Long Beach Police Department responded at 12:20 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, to Areli’s Beauty Salon, 2113 Pacific Ave. to assist Long Beach Fire Department personnel already at the scene.
Emergency personnel were giving CPR to 36-year-old Hamilet Suarez of Long Beach, who was in cardiac arrest. She was taken to a local hospital, but pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Officers said they initially were told that Suarez went to the salon for a massage, but before the massage began, she went into medical distress. They also received some conflicting information, so LBPD Homicide detectives were called in.
They ultimately learned that 45-year-old Sandra Perez Gonzalez of Long Beach was renting a treatment room within the beauty salon. She advertises for massages, but also advertises for Vampire Facelifts, butt augmentations and lip augmentations, detectives said.
According to the detectives, Gonzalez recently was licensed for massage therapy, but she was not licensed to conduct the other procedures. They found medical equipment and multiple vials of controlled substances, which were used for the other procedures in her treatment room — she was not licensed to administer them.
As the investigation continued, detectives worked closely with the California Medical Board. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s still is in the process of determining the victim’s cause of death.
At 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, police officers arrested Gonzalez near the 2100 block of Pine Avenue for possession of controlled substances. She is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $10,000 bail.
Detectives said they believe Gonzalez has been performing these illegal procedures for about one month. They are asking the public if anyone else has received treatments from Gonzalez. Anyone who has, they said, should also contact a medical physician to be evaluated to make sure nothing is wrong from the treatments.
Anyone with information can contact LBPD Homicide detectives Scott Lasch and Donald Goodman at 570-7244. Anonymous tips can be left by calling 1-800-222-TIPS, texting TIPLA and the tip to CRIMES or visiting www.LACrimeStoppers.org.