Alvin Malhi is 40 and by his own account, not especially attractive. So when the young, appealing blond approached him at Nikki Beach late Sunday night, he thought he won the lottery.
“She said I don’t like young boys. I like men. I thought, ‘Wow, this must be my lucky day,’ ” Malhi said.
Police though, believe it was a scam from the start. One that almost cost Malhi a $28,000 Rolex watch that he said he spent seven years saving up for. This time, though, Malhi’s persistence and alertness paid off.
A lengthy early morning chase, a confrontation, and calls to police got him his watch back — and sent Liliana Vanegas, 25, and Francisco Trujillo, 30, to jail.
“She fooled me pretty good,” Malhi said Tuesday.
Malhi said his interaction with the Colombian beauty began innocently enough Sunday night. He was celebrating his brother-in-law’s bachelor party at Nikki Beach on Ocean Drive in South Beach, when he spotted her about 20 feet away. Friends approached her, Malhi said, but she rebuffed them.