Report: Russian Diplomat Uses Jiu-Jitsu To Disarm, Kill Would-Be Robber During Rio Torch Relay [Update]

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Russian diplomat Marcos Cesar Feres Braga disarmed and shot to death a man who attempted to rob him while he waited in traffic after the Olympic torch relay today, according to Globo.

According to police, one suspect broke the driver’s window with the gun and the vice-consul reacted. The diplomat, who is trained in jiu-jitsu, took the criminal gun and shot him.

The robber died on the scene, and the accomplice apparently escaped. Braga was traveling with his wife and daughter, who were reportedly not injured.


The attempted robbery took place on one of the main thoroughfares between the downtown Rio and the Olympic Park, fairly close to the Olympic golf course.

Update 11:52 p.m. EDT: According to Folha, the man who was assaulted was not an employee of the Russian consulate, but was apparently impersonating one.