Terrifying moment when two gunmen tie up the owner of a Brazilian bikini shop before robbing her shop
- Juliana Ribeiro was beaten up, hands and mouth tape tied by two men in her bikini shop in Cuiabá, Brazil.
- She told digital news portal G1 that she has a policy of only allowing women in her store but letting a man in because he wanted to shop for his wife
- The suspect looked at several items placed on a counter before pointing his gun at the 28-year-old woman
- Another man later entered the store and helped subdue Ribeiro before making off with a radio, $951 worth of merchandise and her car, which has been recovered
- Ribeiro told the network that the men had repeatedly asked her to transfer money to their bank account, which she refused
A 28-year-old woman had her hands tied and her mouth covered by two men who robbed her bikini shop in Brazil on Saturday.
Juliana Ribeiro said she would normally keep the door locked at her location in downtown Cuiabá and that she mainly allowed women to enter her store, according to the online news portal G1.
But on Saturday, Ribeiro allowed one of the men to enter the store after claiming to buy a bikini for his wife there. She then forgot to lock the door behind her and gave the other alleged thief access as well.
“When he arrived I asked him what (he wanted) because I don’t normally open the door to men,” Ribeiro said. “He said he wanted to buy his wife a bikini. So I opened it to see him.’
Juliana Ribeiro tries to flee from two thieves who robbed her bikini shop in Cuiabá, Brazil on Saturday. The suspects beat her, tied her hands behind her back and taped her mouth with duct tape before escaping with a radio, $951 worth of merchandise and her car, which has been found. The robbers are still on the run
Juliana Ribeiro keeps her mouth shut with duct tape on Saturday during a robbery at her bikini shop in Cuiabá, Brazil. She told online news portal G1 that the attackers wanted her to transfer money, but they became restless after she refused to do so.
A surveillance camera showed the man looking over several bikinis spread out on a counter. Moments later, he pulled out a pistol and aimed it at Ribeiro.
Ribeiro was led to a changing room and moments later both attackers walked out to loud shouts.
She tried to run from the men and was punched in the face before being taken to an office in the store where the robbers tied her hands behind her back and put duct tape over her mouth.
Ribeiro destroyed a sheet pile in the office and fled through a hole before seeking help from a neighbor.
One of the attackers was able to walk into the Brazilian bikini store after telling owner Juliana Ribeiro that he wanted to buy a bikini for his wife. Ribeiro told digital news site G1 he has a policy of only letting women in, but still letting the man into her business before he and a male accomplice attacked her on Saturday.
Surveillance camera captures the two shoplifters walking to Juliana Ribeiro’s car before escaping with $951 worth of merchandise
She said the suspects became restless after she refused to transfer money from her account.
“It was then that he took me to the dressing room, then he started attacking me, took me to the back of the store, tied me up and covered my mouth with tape,” Ribeiro said.
The thieves stole $951 worth of merchandise, a radio and her vehicle, which they used to escape. The police found the car abandoned.
“I thought they were going to kill me because I wouldn’t transfer,” Ribeiro said. “I was terrified, scared. Despite the trauma that remains, I’m doing well now.’
No arrests had been made as of Monday.