VIDEO: Wrong Place To Rob! Thief Chased Out By Jiu-Jitsu Students
A would-be robber in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil chose the wrong scene for a heist – after attempting to steal from a martial arts academy.
CCTV from the incident shows a young man entering the gym and jumping a turnstile after arguing with the receptionist.
Several seconds later, the man is seen jumping back over the turnstile, chased by several jiu-jitsu students dressed in uniforms.
The robbery that goes wrong: Martial arts students chase thief
Surveillance camera footage shared widely on social media shows the man walking into the reception and having an argument with the woman behind the counter.
She later told local media the man had asked her for directions, but she grew suspicious and would not help him.
He then demanded her phone and jumped behind the counter when she would not hand it over.
The pair struggled, and according to the receptionist, the man threatened to kill her so she screamed for help, Globo.com reports.
Bad call! CCTV shows a man entering the gym in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and jumping a turnstile after arguing with the receptionist – before soon being chased by jiu-jitsu students
She was heard by a jiu-jitsu class, and some 15 students and their teacher came to her aid, forcing the thief to flee.
The thief left with her mobile phone, but she was not harmed during the fight.
Jiu-jitsu teacher Edgar Neto, 41, said the incident took place at 7.30pm on Monday, and that the class chased the man out into the street.
They were unable to catch him as he fled on a bike with an accomplice, he said.
Police said Wednesday the suspect has not been arrested, but they have recovered one of his sandals that fell off during the chase.
By Sara Malm for MailOnline