Brazilian Woman Gets Mugged While Giving Interview About Rising Crime Rate

When this Brazilian woman stopped on the street to speak to a reporter about the rising crime rate in the area, I bet she didn’t expect to give him live demo! As she was complaining on live TV about the incompetent police force, a thief ran up to her and attempted to snatch her gold necklace. The whole thing was recorded on camera – I’d call it downright hilarious if only it wasn’t so appalling.

The incident took place in broad daylight on a busy street in Rio de Janeiro. The video clip shows the woman speaking to an interviewer from RJTV. Just a few seconds into the interview, a young boy hurls himself at the woman, snatches her necklace and runs across the busy street. The woman yells in shock; the reporter’s reaction is instantaneous – he yells too, pushes the woman aside with his fist and attempts to chase the thief down.


Photo: RJTV video caption

Luckily, it is revealed that the thief didn’t grip the necklace very well – it’s still in the woman’s possession. She smiles sheepishly as she reveals the accessory, visibly shaken but apparently finding the whole thing very funny. I do wonder if the thief even realized what the woman was talking about when he decided to rob her. And to commit a crime while the camera was rolling – the kid had to be very brave or very, very foolish.


It’s no secret that Rio has one of the highest crime rates in the world. The favelas outside the main city are rife with gang and drug related crimes. 406 murders and 629 robberies were recorded in the city and surrounding areas last year, in the month of August alone. Having said that, I still think this incident is pretty unbelievable.

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