This is the moment a brave ice cream parlour worker hits an armed robber with a chair before tackling him to the floor and restraining him with his colleagues.
The attempted robbery was filmed in the neighbourhood of Santa Rita in the city of Brusque in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina on Sunday, 26th December.
According to the news site G1, the suspect entered the ice cream parlour with a knife and attempted to rob the till.
However, brave workers restrained the armed robber until the police arrived.
The police said: “It was necessary to restrain the people, as they wanted to lynch the suspect, and he was already quite injured before the officers arrived.”
Police chief Egidio Ferrari said no employees were harmed in the incident, and they will not be investigated for injuring the suspect because they acted in “a situation of self-defence”.
The police added: “With the situation under control, officers checked the establishment’s CCTV footage and confirmed everything that happened.”
In the video, the suspect, wearing a motorbike helmet, is seen confronting the cashier as a colleague gets up from his chair and slowly walks behind the man.
The worker repeatedly hits the suspect with the chair and his colleague helps in trying to restrain the thrashing thief.
The first worker wrestles him to the floor before other colleagues arrive to help out.
The shop manager said it was the first attempted robbery they had suffered since opening four years ago, adding: “At the time, it was very scary. Afterwards, we discussed the consequences of what could have happened.”
After receiving medical care on Sunday, the suspect was discharged from hospital the next day and was taken to prison.
The investigation is ongoing.