A Bronx man who decided to celebrate a $96,000 lawsuit settlement with three prostitutes at a hot-sheets motel lost it all when two gun-toting pals of the hookers burst in and stole the cash windfall, police sources said.
Victim Saul Mata Vellegas — who was carrying the entire sum in a suitcase — checked into the Van Cortlandt Motel on Broadway near West 256th Street in the Bronx around 10 p.m. Sunday and called for the female company, sources said.
Three hookers came over, had sex with the 30-year-old, then suggested that they have a “friend” stop by with beer and cigarettes, according to sources.
Around 6:50 a.m., that company — actually a pair of masked, gun-toting men — busted into the room, grabbed the overstuffed suitcase, and lit out, cops said.
They peeled out in a black minivan and are still at large.
“I am haunted by this,” said Vellegas. “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 released photos of both the suspected gunmen and the three women, who are wanted for questioning.
Police sources said the $96,000 cash settlement was the end result of a suit involving a car accident, but didn’t have further details.