Charging documents say 43-year-old Vinnie Taylor of Wilmington, N.C. is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and reckless endangerment in the death of Scharelene Chiom Adamma Alugbuo. He was extradited from St. Louis on December 31 after being arrested.
The charging documents say Taylor is accused of injecting Alugbuo on March 20, 2014 at the Comfort Inn in Capitol Heights, Md. On March 27, Montgomery County Police Homicide Unit was contacted by the woman's brother, who told police his sister had received injections to make her buttocks larger. Shortly after, he told them, she because sick and later checked herself into Shady Grove Hospital for medical attention on March 22. She died on March 24.
An autopsy was performed on March 28, and the injection sites were discovered. Her death was ruled a homicide, and her cause of death was determined to be chronic respiratory failure due to a foreign substance causing pulmonary embolization. The substance that was used in the injections was determined to be silicone.
According to the arrest warrant, a witness who drove the woman to the motel for the injections said the woman was a stripper, and routinely received injections in her buttocks. The witness said they met a man named Tee, who was going to perform the injections, and after it was over, they got back into the witnesses car. At that time, the witness told police, the woman almost immediately began coughing uncontrollably and gasping for air.
The arrest warrant says Taylor communicated with the woman by cell phone, and police were able to track him down at an address in Philadelphia. He now lives in North Carolina, police say.
According to text messages, police say, it appears Taylor traveled to different hotels in the metro area and out of state to perform injections on different women. Detectives say so far, there is no evidence he had any medical training.
The victim's brother said family did not want to speak on camera, but did want people to know his sister left four children behind.
"I'm hoping this story teaches people, especially young women, to love themselves and appreciate who they are and what they have," he said.