Police Arrest Man Who Performed Illegal Buttocks Injections

Suyima Torres, 28, died 10 hours after receiving the injections

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Miami-Dade Police Department

A Venezuelan man has been charged with administering buttocks-enhancement injections that resulted in the death of a woman in 2013.

Jose Robusto, 43, was booked Saturday with manslaughter and practicing unlicensed medicine resulting in death.

He is accused of giving the injections that killed Suyima Torres, 28. The medical examiner's office ruled she died of an embolism.

The Miami Herald reports Robusto is accused of performing the injections at a clinic that only had a license to give massages but advertised on Facebook that it had certified plastic surgeons.

Police said 43-year-old Robusto posed as a Venezuelan doctor at Cuerpos Health and Aesthetics on the 8400 block of West Flagler Street. He injected an oily, yellow substance with a plastic syringe into the woman's bottom for $1,500 in April 2013. Police said she returned for a second treatment about 10 days later, at a cost of $800.  

She was later spotted disoriented outside the center by a neighboring business owner.

Torres' mother, Coralia Espinosa, said her daughter was then rushed to the hospital accompanied by the center's owner, Ruth Planas.

Torres died 10 hours after receiving the injections, leaving behind two daughters, aged seven and eight.

Robuso is listed on the jail's website, but it's unclear whether he has an attorney.

After the death, Robusto left for his native Venezuela but was arrested when he returned to Miami on Friday.

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