For Las Vegas dancer and masseuse Christina Lafave, time was not on
her side when she was accused of snatching a client’s $35,000 Rolex. The
bizarre incident took when police say the 25-year-old woman met up for
drinks with 66-year-old Kenneth Herold at B Bar in Wynn Las Vegas. A few
hours later, Mr Herold invited Lafave up to his suite after paying her
$300 for a private massage.
. A surveillance
camera inside the hotel captured the pair as they headed upstairs on the
night. Mr Herold’s gold timepiece could be seen on his left wrist. At
around 3am, Herold called hotel security to his room to report a theft.
The man accused his young masseuse of stealing his Rolex Presidential
during their bodywork session, but Lafave vehemently denied it, claiming
that Herold was simply angry because she refused to perform a sexual
act on him without a condom.
Wynn security guards
searched the room, but there was no sign of the costly watch. When the
masseuse made for the door, Wynn security called Las Vegas police. Mr
Herold explained to investigators that during the massage, Lafave asked
him to remove his wristwatch so she could rub his arms. The 66-year-old
client complied, placing the timepiece next to him. But a few minutes
later, the Rolex vanished.
After Lafave denied stealing the watch, hotel security called the police. A search of the room failed to turn up the watch, and police interrogated Lafave. She eventually admitted to stealing the timepiece and stashing it inside her vagina for safekeeping.
Police transported Lafave to University Medical Center for non-surgical extraction of the watch after she refused to hand it over.
“Prior to medical staff assisting Lafave with the removal of the watch she admitted to them that she had stolen a watch and concealed the item in her vagina,” a police report said.
Lafave was arrested and charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property. She was released on $40,000 bond after quickly lawyering up. Her attorney, Chris Rasmussen, said he plans to file a police complaint for illegal search and seizure.
“We intend to file a motion to suppress the medical intrusion,” Rasmussen told the Review Journal. “The search is an unreasonable search when medical providers have to use equipment to conduct an invasive procedure to remove what police believe is evidence.”
Rasmussen said there was a misunderstanding between Lafave and his client.
“We believe he gave her the watch and later he tried to take it back when he wasn’t satisfied with her services,” Rasmussen added. “Like any person who works in these hotels, she believed she was going to be compensated for her massage”.