HUGE ORGANIZED BANK ROBBERY LEAVES BRAZILIAN HOSTAGES TIED TO GETAWAY CARS
As Vin Diesel said, “This is Brazil!” Because this story is crazy enough to be in a movie. But for the hostages involved, this will be fodder for trauma the rest of their lives. A bank robbery in Araçatuba involved up to 50 culprits, all with assault rifles. They robbed at least one bank early yesterday morning, though officials believe this group may have robbed every single bank in the city at this point. The end of the robbery may have been the craziest part, when the bank robbers tied hostages to the hoods and roofs of their 8 or more getaway cars. And yes, they sped away with the terrified people in situ as human shields.
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VIDEO FOOTAGE CAPTURED HOSTAGES MARCHED AT GUNPOINT AS HUMAN SHIELDS FROM POLICE
But video footage also clearly shows the robbers holding hostages at gunpoint, marching them down the street. Early yesterday morning saw the scary action begin just after midnight in Brazil. The bank robbers used drones to monitor police activity from the air. They also surrounded the nearby military police station to prevent a response, blocked strategic entrances into the city with burning cars. And as tactics go, these worked effectively. Police were unable to mobilize a response quickly, and were then unable to directly confront the robbers as they fled the scene without getting the hostages killed.
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ATTACKS ON POLICE WITH BANK ROBBERIES IN BRAZIL SO COMMON, THEY HAVE A NAME
So far, we don’t have news of any injuries, or the status of the hostages. But the mayor urged everyone in town to stay inside, as officials were concerned the robbers may have planted explosive devices to create more chaos and confusion if necessary. But Araçatuba has had this kind of action before, as recently as 2017, when robbers also blocked local roads and even attacked police stations. Even worse, these kinds of robberies are totally common in small to medium Brazilian cities. They even have a name, ‘New Cangaço’, a reference to attacks on towns and small cities back in the 1920’s and 30’s.
I wonder what name these hostages will have for this traumatic experience.