Story By: William McGee, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
This is the moment a video gamer falls victim to an armed robbery that was live-streamed on the internet.
CCTV footage shows how 36-year-old gamer Helio Negreiros was the victim of a robbery carried out by two armed men as one suspect grabs him by the neck and points a handgun at his head.
The two men entered the rural property in the Brazilian municipality of Vinhedo in search of money and items of value on 1st June.
They can be seen in the footage taking the victim, who was playing a live video game on the internet at the time, by surprise and demanding money from him.
Another camera shows them taking electronic devices from the property during the minutes-long robbery.
Helio told the news site G1: “They took cash, jewellery, valuable crockery, portable devices, tablets, two mobile phones, and other things.”
The robbers placed the victim in a room while they stole items from the property. He managed to call the police while he was being held in the room.
Officers arrived on the scene 40 minutes later when the perpetrators had already fled, and they had to break down the door to reach the victim, who registered the crime with the police on 3rd June.
A nearby property was also targeted by the two men. A female resident, who wished to remain anonymous, told local media how they entered the house and demanded money.
In addition to the woman, a couple and four children were in the property at the time of the break-in.
She told G1: “They wanted money. They said they didn’t want the television, they didn’t want anything.
“In the end, they ended up taking a load of things from the house, but what they really wanted was money.”
According to the police, the men entered both properties by cutting a hole in the surrounding fences.
The police are investigating both cases.