An Uber driver who was allegedly beaten up by four teenage muggers before being thrown off a tall bridge into a river credits playing dead for the fact that she escaped with her life.
Marcia Angola, 40, was allegedly assaulted by the four teen boys during a mugging in the Brazilian city of Tangara da Serra on July 24.
“They called for me by app and we stopped on a corner, where they said they would fetch another person. But that person did not exist, and they announced the mugging,” she told local reporters.
She claims the four teens threw her onto her taxi’s back seat, where they allegedly threatened her, demanding money and the car.
As they deemed the money in the car to be insufficient, they then allegedly blindfolded Marcia and drove at breakneck speed.
“At a certain point, I pulled off the blindfold, and I think that’s what got them angry. They started beating me, punching me and said they were going to throttle and kill me,” Marcia said.
“My only way out was to play dead.”
However, Marcia said she was unable to hide that she was winded, and she took a deep breath.
“He saw I was alive and the others said ‘let’s kill her, squeeze her neck’. At no point did they reveal their motive. At one point, they laughed at my swollen and bruised face,” she said.
The four alleged muggers pulled over at the tall bridge over the Sepotuba River, where Marcia said they beat her again.
“They were scared someone would show up, and they lifted me up by my hands and feet. They threw me off the bridge,” she said.
Marcia said she was scared she would die, as she did not know how to swim.
“When I fell, I just remember I asked God that I fall in the water because had I fallen to the ground, I would have died.
“I sank, and when I surfaced, I saw they were looking. I stayed quiet and sank again, I let the water take me downstream, I tried to balance myself, sort of floating because I did not know how to swim and I could not sink.”
When she realised the alleged muggers had left, she managed to get out of the water and ask local residents for help. She was then taken to hospital.
The suspects fled with Marcia’s vehicle to the nearby municipality of Nova Olimpia, where they allegedly robbed a watch shop.
Cops caught up with them back in Tangara da Serra, where they were allegedly caught with their stolen goods, including the victim’s car and documents.
The officers arrested the teenagers, who had prior criminal records and allegedly used a toy gun to carry out the attack.
The police are investigating.
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