NEW YORK — A man celebrating a $96,000 windfall from a legal settlement by frolicking with three prostitutes in a Bronx motel, lost it all when two armed, masked men barged in and stole the cash, police said.
Saul Mata Vellegas, 30, had the money with him in a suitcase at the Van Cortlandt Motel on Sunday night, when he called an escort service for some female companionship, cops said.
After partying with the women for a few hours, one of them suggested she call a friend to bring over some beer and cigarettes. But instead, two masked men brandishing guns showed up and snatched the cash.
“I am haunted by this,” Vellegas told the New York Post. “I keep playing it over in my mind. I was surprised they pulled a gun. I said ‘What is going on. I yelled help,help. I was depending on that money to move my family. I am nervous all the time now. I keep replaying it over and over. I see the weapon they used clearly over and over. I needed that money badly.”
Cops are hunting for both the suspected gunmen and the three women, who are wanted for questioning.
Police said Vellegas had received the cash as part of a settlement of a lawsuit involving a car accident.