By Sabina Mollot
Police have arrested a Queens woman believed to have been involved in the death of a woman who received a fatal cosmetic butt injection last summer in an unmarked building near Peter Cooper Village.
Allison Spence, 44, has been arrested on charges of manslaughter and unauthorized practice of profession for the injection. Spence, who police said turned herself in, allegedly acted as a nurse during the procedure, for which the suspected doctor has still not been arrested. Police said they have identified the man but haven’t disclosed his name. That man is not a real doctor, according to a story in CBS New York, but police told Town & Village they couldn’t confirm that at this time.
The procedure was performed at a third floor apartment at 319 East 21st Street, between First and Second Avenues on July 15. Later police were summoned in response to Bynum complaining of dizziness and chest pains. She was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, but 12 days later was taken off life support after being pronounced brain dead.
The medical examiner has deemed the death of 31-year-old mother Latesha Bynum, a Harlem resident, a homicide.
A lawyer for Bynum’s family told CBS New York the doctor is a phony who used a Dunkin Donuts as his waiting room, and that a fake nurse greeted her. The attorney also said the doctor had a pattern of injecting unsuspecting women with “silicone poison into his patients’ buttocks and/or thighs.”
Meanwhile, Spence’s sister told the Daily News her sister denied giving any injection, saying she only prepped the patient by massaging her muscles.
MAN WANTED FOR BANK ROBBERY NEAR HERALD SQUARE
Police are on the lookout for a man who robbed a bank near Herald Square, passing a note to the teller, stating “I have a gun.” The suspect breezed into the Chase bank located at 1260 Broadway near East 32nd Street on Thursday, April 28 at 3:37 p.m. He then passed a demand note and the bank teller proceed to give the suspect $760 before he fled in an unknown direction. There were no reported injuries as a result of this incident.
The suspect is described as a black man, 180 lbs. and approximately 5’7” tall. He was last seen wearing a red baseball cap, a black hooded jacket, black jeans and sunglasses. Anyone with information in regards to this robbery is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com. All calls are strictly confidential.
MAN KILLED AT EAST 3RD STREET SHELTER
Police arrested 55-year-old Edwin Hernandez for felony assault inside the Project Renewal Men’s Shelter at 8 East Third Street in connection with the death of another man at the shelter at the beginning of last month. Police said that they responded to a 911 call of a man assaulted at the shelter on Friday, April 1 around 2:10 p.m. Michael Antonicelli, a 69-year-old shelter resident, was discovered with head trauma and was transported to Beth Israel Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries the next day. Hernandez was arrested at the scene and was charged with felony assault.
MAN BUSTED FOR LAPTOP ‘THEFT’ AT BETH ISRAEL FIVE YEARS LATER
Police arrested 47-year-old Ronald Ferguson for grand larceny last Friday at 4 p.m. for a laptop theft that took place in 2011. The victim told police that she was at Beth Israel Hospital for a medical course at the time and left her bag in a classroom while she went to the restroom. When she returned to the room, she saw Ferguson allegedly coming out of the same classroom and passed her in the hallway. The victim said that she looked at him because he seemed suspicious and the classroom had been empty prior to her going into the bathroom. When she went back to the room and looked in her bag, she saw that her laptop was missing. She said that she ran after Ferguson but he got away, running out of the hospital. No further information about the original incident or how Ferguson was caught five years later was available.