A robber in northwestern Brazil had the regret of his life after targeting a petite woman who is apparently trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Magdiel da Silva Lima, 18, attempted to grab Sabrina Leite’s phone in the neighborhood of Jorge Teixeira, in the city of Manaus on Nov. 13.
Leite was hanging out in front of her house when two men on a motorcycle came in her direction, D24am reported.
Lima then approached her and demanded for her phone.
As Lima would learn, Leite is not one to mess with — the 22-year-old is an expert in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
“I could feel that they didn’t have anything (weapons), they just arrived scarily saying ‘pass the phone.’ I saw they didn’t have anything and that’s why I reacted. If they were armed, I would never have reacted.”
To Lima’s surprise, Leite threw her phone back into her house before chasing him as he tried to get back to the motorcycle, G1 reported.
A neighbor who was riding his car saw the scene and knocked the suspect down.
At that point, Leite caught up and taught the would-be robber a lesson he’ll never forget.
“He was running away. My neighbor went after him in the car and drove into him. Then I ran and immobilized him with a sleeper hold. I lay on the ground and put him in an arm lock.”
In a now-viral video, Lima is seen struggling as Leite locked his arm between her legs and put the weight of her lower body on his chest.
He also screams in agony as Leite twists his wrist.
Speaking to reporters, Leite revealed that she has been training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, an offshoot of the Japanese Kodokan Judo ground fighting.
“It’s all a question of technique. I have been training for four years, I’m still a white belt. Ranking and belts don’t matter to me.”
Leite held the suspect in arm-lock for 20 minutes until the police arrived. Lima was brought to custody and charged with attempted robbery.
Unfortunately, Lima’s accomplice remains at large.