A Brazilian woman was mugged on live TV in Rio de Janeiro while giving an interview about the high crime rate in the area.
The woman, whose name is not given, was complaining about the lack of police and the high rate of crime in broad daylight yesterday when a thief attempted to snatch her gold necklace. The criminal didn’t get away with then jewelry but he succeeded in breaking the fragile gold chain in his attempt before running across the road into the oncoming traffic.
“He scratched my neck,” said the woman. “I was so afraid.” As police arrived the teenager was already out of sight.
Levels of street crime are high in Brazil’s largest cities, which are due to host the football World Cup in a few months.
A travel advice from the Foreign Office warns football fans travelling for the Cup to be vigilant and aware of pickpockets
“Be ready to hand over valuables if you’re threatened; don’t attempt to resist attackers, they may be armed or under the influence of drugs,” the travel advice reads.