By Maria Rocha-Buschel
A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a woman following black-market butt enhancing injections she received in a Gramercy apartment over the summer. Police arrested Kevin Richardson, 47, last Tuesday and charged him with manslaughter for the death.
The New York Post reported that Richardson had changed his appearance to avoid being arrested while he was on the run in New Jersey, Louisiana and Texas before being caught.
Latesha Bynum, a 31-year-old woman from Harlem, reportedly received the cosmetic injections from Richardson and 44-year-old Allison Spence, allegedly working as Richardson’s assistant, on July 15 inside an apartment at 319 East 21st Street. Bynum went to the hospital that night, claiming she had chest pains and felt dizzy. She was later declared brain-dead at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Medical Center and was taken off life support on July 27.
According to the indictment from the district attorney’s office that was unsealed earlier this year, Richardson and Spence were running the illegal operation since at least 2014 and they were charged with eight counts of unauthorized practice of a profession in addition to the manslaughter charge.
They reportedly performed the procedure on multiple victims on days in February 2014 and 2017, during the entire month of April in 2015, throughout this past January, in May of this year and other dates in July of this year, in addition to the alleged injections for Bynum. The indictment also noted that Spence and Richardson were also found to be in possession of alleged heroin and were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.
According to the Post, prosecutor Michele Bayer said in court that all of the additional alleged victims could be in danger.
“The effects of the silicone entering the bloodstream could kill any of these victims and it’s not necessarily immediate,” she said.
Spence was arrested on September 28 and both she and Richardson were named in the indictment on October 26. The Post reported that Richardson pleaded not guilty to all the charges when he appeared in court. He faces up to 15 years in prison if he is convicted on the top charge.
Richardson’s attorney confirmed that his client has entered a plea of not guilty but did not want to comment further on the case.