LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A married couple who are unlicensed to practice medicine have been arrested after a woman died during a buttocks enhancement procedure in the back room of a Las Vegas floor tile store, police said on Monday.
The woman, Elena Caro, 42, entered the back room of the tile store with her daughter, Janet Villalovos, on Saturday morning, according to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police arrest report.
Villalovos observed her mother get disrobed, lie on a table and receive injections in the buttocks from Ruben Matallana-Galvas, assisted by his wife, Carmen Torres-Sanchez, the report said.
Villalovos left and when she returned around 6 p.m. to find the business empty she called the police to report her mother missing.
Detectives located Matallana-Galvas and Torres-Sanchez at McCarran International Airport shortly before 10 p.m., attempting to leave the country on a flight to their hometown, of Medellin, Colombia.
Matallana-Galvas told detectives he was a homeopathic doctor in his native country and had no license to practice medicine in the United States, according to the police report.
The report said Matallana-Galvas told detectives that he advised Caro that he didn’t have the proper equipment to administer the procedure she sought but that he “eventually ... did perform the procedure ... by injecting her with 200 cc of a gel type substance within 6 separate injection sites.”
Matallana-Galvas then called his assistant, Elizabeth Flores, and told her to arrange to have him and his wife driven to the airport, according to the report.
He asked her to cancel all appointments for the rest of the day because “something had gone wrong.”
The husband and wife are being held in the Clark County Detention Center, under investigation for murder.
Reporting by Timothy Pratt; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Jerry Norton