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This is the moment a brave 11-year-old girl runs up to a mugger attacking her mum and punches him before chasing him away.
The incident took place in the San Martin and Castelli area in Zarate, in Buenos Aires province, eastern Argentina and was recorded by a CCTV camera.
In the video, a girl named in reports as Sofia can be seen standing at the top of some steps as a burly man walks up behind her mother, who is standing on a scooter on the pavement below.
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The man grabs the mother, named Silvia, from behind and in a mugging and the girl reacts instantly.
She runs down the steps as the man turns his back on her before throwing a right hook into the man’s head.
He is knocked backwards by the blow and mother and daughter then work to push him away as the scooter falls to the ground.
The criminal can be seen walking away as Sofia and Silvia walk after him, with another young girl seen worriedly running down to the pavement.
Mother and daughter both then return and Silvia rides away as Sofia goes into the building, reportedly her father’s home.
Mother Silvia told reporters: “I did not see if the man had a weapon, he asked me for my mobile phone and I gave it to him, I did not want to risk it. But my girl dared to jump on him.
“Sofia did not see the risks, she does not know what could have happened.”
The mum said she had asked Sofia “not to do it again”, adding that the robber “was alone and ran away” with her phone.
The young girl said: “I punched him because I got nervous, she is my mum and I love her. He did not say anything to me, he got scared. Imagine that you are going to rob somebody and suddenly a person punches you from behind.
“Now I know that I would not do it again because if you are mugged you should give your things because he could be armed.”
Sofia’s mum said the girl had gone into shock a few hours after the incident and is still recovering. The video was recorded on 8th May but has only recently surfaced in local media.
It is unclear if an investigation has been launched and no arrests have been reported.