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Woman mugged while discussing Rio de Janeiro's crime on live TV

Woman Mugged While Discussing Rio De Janeiro's Crime on Live TV

A Brazilian woman was nearly mugged on live television in Rio de Janeiro. "Good Morning America" reports it took place while a reporter was interviewing the woman ... about crime.

'A man comes up and tries to snatch her necklace before taking off down the street, and this happened right outside the police station. Fortunately, she was not hurt.'

Daily Mail notes the woman was talking with RJTV about the lack of police in the area when the attempted mugging happened.

'While the would-be criminal did not get away with the jewellery, he did break the fragile gold chain in his attempt before fleeing across the road into oncoming traffic.'

The reporter tried to chase after the would-be criminal, who raced away before the reporter could catch him.

The RJTV piece shows examples of crime in the area and highlights stealing on the streets before the woman is interviewed ... and then nearly stolen from. Afterward, she shows her broken necklace.

RJTV's Facebook commenters were outraged. One said she wishes the station hadn't blurred the man's face.

According to the U.S. State Department, for the past 25 years, Rio de Janeiro's crime rates have been rated "critical." Incidents of 'robbery, rape, fraud, and residential thefts' are not only high, but they're on the rise.

And sadly, the necklace incident demonstrated the crime problems Rio de Janeiro faces.

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Ron April 10 2014 at 5:04 PM

Well that took balls.

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Pimp Daddy Ron April 10 2014 at 5:15 PM

to me it looks setup.

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fernandezarthr April 11 2014 at 10:22 AM

.............for those who are going to the World Soccer Cup,.....let it be known,.........You Are Worn,........

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rom7725 April 11 2014 at 5:09 AM

Although this isn't a laughing matter, you must admit the irony is off the charts! Wow!

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Jim April 10 2014 at 9:20 PM

I would say don't go there, Not a smart place to be

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wbeaudreau April 11 2014 at 3:04 AM

Having lived in Mexico for 2 years and having had two home invasions - one with the thugs tearing the bars off our windows while I was watching them - I am not at all surprised at this video. Considering the reality that poverty around the world is so very high, with the richer getting richer and the poorer getting poorer, it is no wonder that theft is skyrocketing! The odd thing about my assumption that it is the poor who are commiting these crimes, is that the two well-dressed, young men I saw breaking into my house, looked well-off! Then again, perhaps their clothing orignially belonged to the people from whom they took it. Perhaps, too, they were attempting to steal from me in order to support their drug habits.

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rom7725 wbeaudreau April 11 2014 at 5:19 AM

You're absolutely correct about the fact that the rich are getting richer and the poverty level climbing. Not to sound like a naysayer, while at the same time being one; unfortunately, you 'ain't' seen nothing yet. Getting downright frightening! Wait, I need to 'wu-sa.'

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hiBbsXc05 rom7725 April 11 2014 at 11:00 AM

wbeaudreau is mormon

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combatpainter April 11 2014 at 8:04 AM

Seems like Rio is a lot like Southern Africa- crime and violence everywhere. Hm...Could it be genetic or just poverty/colonial heritage?

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lpengrg combatpainter April 11 2014 at 8:53 AM

Like Detroit, Chicago, New York City

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jay.morningstar combatpainter April 11 2014 at 10:50 AM

Martin223 you are a coward hiding behind a monitor. Plenty of Hispanics gave their life fighting against Hitler. Get your racist thoughts and actions back under that rock. What a mental midget.

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arousa00 April 11 2014 at 2:41 AM

It can happen anywhere but please don't compare the crime that goes on in Rio to that of the USA. Not even close.

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hiBbsXc05 arousa00 April 11 2014 at 11:02 AM

For real, the first person I've seen on here who knows what they're talking about.

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charlie4562r April 11 2014 at 1:58 AM

Crime is in their genetics. We were flying from Rio to Bahia in 1985, passenger across from us was stealing the flatware they gave us for eating our airplane food!! Been there, once in a lifetime is more than enough.

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zygi & paris April 11 2014 at 8:50 AM

Well that proved her point.

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rdmdmn April 11 2014 at 9:49 AM

This mentality is spreading like wildfire. Coming soon to a neighborhood near you!

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