Suspicious Death at Beauty Salon Leads to Arrest

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Suspect Sandra Perez Gonzalez

Suspect Sandra Perez Gonzalez arrested for possession of controlled substances.

On February 12, 2014, about 12:20 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to 2113 Pacific Ave, Areli’s Beauty Salon, to assist Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) with a patient who was in cardiac arrest, under suspicious circumstances.

Arriving officers contacted LBFD personnel who were performing CPR on 36-year-old Hamilet Suarez, a resident of Long Beach. Fire personnel transported Suarez to a local hospital where she was later pronounced deceased.

Officers began conducting an investigation into the events surrounding Suarez’s death and were initially told she went to the salon for a massage, but before the massage began, Suarez went into medical distress. Due to conflicting information, Homicide Detectives responded to the scene and learned that the masseuse, who is being identified as 45-year-old Sandra Perez Gonzalez of Long Beach, was renting a treatment room within the beauty salon.

Gonzalez provides massages for her customers; however, she also advertises that she provides Vampire Facelifts, butt augmentation, and lip augmentation procedures. Inside the treatment room, detectives found medical equipment and multiple vials of controlled substances which were used for these medical procedures. Gonzalez, who is a recently licensed massage therapist, is not licensed to conduct these procedures or administer any of the controlled substances found at the facility.

The investigation continues with Homicide Detectives working closely with the California Medical Board who is assisting with the investigation. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office is also conducting an investigation to determine the cause of Mrs. Suarez’s death.

On February 13, 2014, at 12:30 p.m., Gonzalez was arrested in the 2100 block of Pine Avenue, for possession of controlled substances and is currently being held in Long Beach City Jail on $10,000 bail.

Based on the evidence gathered so far, it appears Gonzalez has been conducting these medical procedures from this location for approximately one month.

Long Beach Police Department urges anyone who may have received these types of treatments from Gonzalez to contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch and Donald Goodman at (562) 570-7244. Additionally, LBPD strongly encourages those individuals to contact their physician to be evaluated to ensure they do not suffer any future medical issues as a result of the procedures illegally provided to them by Gonzalez.

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