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Watch the moment this brave student used her martial arts skills to beat off an armed robber when he tried to rob her mobile phone in broad daylight.
The victim, 23-year-old Lorrana Braga, said she fought back because she believed the gun was a fake and looked like a toy. What a time to test a theory like that out.
Using a martial art called 'Morganti Jiu-Jitsu', which is a mixture of Jiu-Jitsu, karate and judo, the determined student landed several kicks on the man as she refused to give up the phone while holding her bags close to her body.
Apparently surprised by her courage, the armed thug abandoned the attempted assault and fled the scene - with Lorrana seemingly chasing after him.
Following the attempted attack, police warned that the victim's actions were ill-advised as she could have been wrong about the gun and 'no object is worth a life, so it's better to surrender and not react'.
We get it, the target was her phone and we are living in 21st century where that shit is important. But the police are right.
Lorrana was filmed hurrying down a residential road in Recanto das Emas in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, at around 12:47pm, when a car drove past and appeared to stop around the corner at the bottom of the road.
Security cameras show that seconds later a man appears and runs towards the student, with his hand by his waist demanding she hands over her phone.
It's believed the alleged gunman jumped out of the white Renault Sandero which was parked on the corner.
Lorrana said: "Everything happened so quickly, and I wasn't thinking straight. But I just didn't want to hand over my cell phone.
"I told him I was not going to give it to him because this was the second time I had been robbed. He grabbed my hand and started pulling my hair. He pointed the gun at me and said he was going to shoot me."
She said the threat came in the midst of the fight, but the moment she saw the weapon she remembered thinking it was 'super thin'.
"It looked like a plastic toy and I instantly thought, this gun is a toy, it's not real. I didn't want to fight but on the last occasion I hadn't reacted and I think I was a bit fed up with being in the same position again," she added, referencing a potentially similar attack.
"I didn't have a comparison and haven't had a real gun pointed at me before, so I must have reacted on instinct," she said admitting that while it was foolhardy it was the right thing to do on this occasion.
She revealed she has been training in Morganti Jiu-Jitsu for 18 months and said her skills kicked in.
She continued: "My training came to the fore instantly. When he pulled away, I saw that it was the ideal moment to fight back, I got into my stance and delivered several kicks."
The first kick hit the attacker's face and the other blows landed on his body. She even ran after the man but stopped when he jumped into the car.
The victim told police there were two women waiting in the vehicle which sped off. Further up the road an elderly woman sweeping the street outside her property looked on but didn't get involved.
Military police major Michello Bueno said cops had received several reports of a vehicle with the same number plate being used in similar opportunistic assaults.
He said: "This young woman was fortunate on this occasion, but she could have lost her life. We do not advise people to react in this way because the risks are huge."
Giving some tips on how to behave when confronted with a violent mugger, the major said: "It is not advisable to look the perpetrator in the eyes because he might think you are trying to memorise his face and he sees it as a threat.
"You shouldn't react or make sudden movements, but talk in a low voice telling the assailant, all the time, what you are doing. In these dangerous situations the perpetrator's nerves are on edge and he is liable to react violently if confronted."
Thanks major, this will come in handy until the moment I'm in a terrifying situation like Lorrana and I'll forget everything you said...
Investigators are following up the descriptions given by the victim and with the footage from the security cameras, detectives said they are confident in capturing the suspects.
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