Man in Wheelchair Holds Up Jewelry Store While Pointing a Gun With His Feet [VIDEO]

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Courtesy Daily Mail

A 19-year-old man placed a note on the counter of a jewelry store in Canela, Brazil, then pulled a gun on the shopkeeper. That doesn’t sound like an atypical way to begin a holdup…except that the attempted robbery was carried out by a man in a wheelchair who doesn’t have the use of his hands.

The teen, who can’t speak, had been in the store for ten minutes before making his move. The note said “Hand off everything. Don’t raise attention.”

The robber used his feet to hold a gun on the man behind the counter. Note that the other customer in the store doesn’t seem phased at all by what’s going on, appearing to apply hand sanitizer while continuing to casually browse the display cases.

The good news: all involved were wearing face masks and appeared to maintain proper social distancing.

From the Daily Mail:

‘Then he pulled the gun out with his feet. That pistol looked real,’ the worker said, according to Brazilian news outlet Metropoles. ‘A guy back there saw it and called 911.’

The police arrived and arrested the teenager, who was also in possession of a knife.

A family member appeared at the police precinct and assisted the police in questioning the teen due to his disability before he was released from custody.

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Courtesy Rio Grande de Sul state police

The would-be thief was released?

‘It must be considered that, given the elements initially brought to the police station, it would possibly be an impossible crime to be consummated, especially if you considered the physical condition of the [person being] investigated, also due to the unlikelihood of escape,’ [City delegate Vladimir] Medeiros said.

Oh. It’s probably a good thing for the man in the wheelchair that no one who worked in the store was armed.


  1. avatar JasonM says:

    Don’t let a disability hold you back.

    1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

      I don’t know if I want to laugh at this story, or give kudos to the creativity.

      Something stuck out to me when reading the article, though. If this young man is indeed 19 years old, then he’s a legal adult and a “man”. Not a “teenager” as referred to by the Daily Mail. You’d better believe the local D.A. will use the term “man” in order to convey that this was not a kid with a toy, but a legal adult who brandished a deadly weapon for criminal gain. The more we (the collective “we” as society) continue to refer to young men and women as less than what they are, the more those youngsters will continue to act like overgrown children.

      1. avatar strych9 says:

        Technically, he’s an adult and a teenager. He’ll be a teen until he’s 20, assuming he makes it to 20.

        Also, how familiar are you with Brazilian prosecution practices for the disabled? I mean, I have no idea how a prosecutor in Canela, Brazil will treat this.

        Considering what I’ve actually seen in Brazil, I kinda doubt they’ll throw the book at him.

        1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

          1) I seem to have overlooked the part where it stated the jurisdiction, so you’re correct…I cannot reliably predict how a foreign attorney will treat this case.

          2) Both your points lean in support of this man’s defense. Not so sure I understand why you’d want to do that…

        2. avatar strych9 says:

          2) There’s what should be and then there’s what actually is. I lean towards the reality of what I’ve seen because sugarcoating shit is half the problem with this world.

          I’ve been all over this world, see quite a bit, particularly for my age. Other parts of the world just don’t work like the US and probably never will. There’s no point I deluding ourselves about this.

        3. avatar Based Avenger says:

          The communists and miscreants here are trying pretty hard to turn the US into the rest of the world so it will be just as disfuctional.

      2. avatar Old Guy in Montana says:


  2. avatar MLee says:

    “han ooooveeeer thu monnnney or ill blow yuuuuuuuuur head offffffff”

    1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

      I see what you did there. πŸ˜‰

      1. avatar RidgeRunner says:

        Hilarious. I forgot how politically incorrect this is. This country has changed, man.

      2. avatar The Pontificator says:

        LMAO! I haven’t seen “Handi-Man” since it originally aired. NO WAY would such a skit fly today.

        1. avatar Leighton Cavendish says:

          It would fly if you are a minority…but a white guy? Crucified!

  3. avatar FormerDallasRenter says:

    I’m surprised he didn’t use a wheel gun.

    1. avatar eagle10 says:

      Bada – Bing, Bada – Boom. What goes around comes around!

      1. avatar FormerDallasRenter says:

        McCabe: What? No roll, Hondo?

        Hondo: How do you know I didn’t?

        McCabe: You didn’t, did you?

        Hondo: They only roll in Brazilian police videos, not in real life.

    2. avatar jwm says:

      He drove the getaway vehicle right into the store.

      1. avatar Void says:

        They see me rollin
        They hatin

  4. avatar David Smith says:

    A few years ago, a man in a wheelchair in Jacksonville, FL was holding police at bay with a disposable plastic dinner knife and was shot and killed when he wouldn’t surrender to police.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Whereupon he gave up his life of crime, right? All’s well that ends well! You sure that wasn’t Broward?

    2. What David conveniently left out was that the guy was holding the plastic knife to another man’s neck. So JSO was protecting another life, not their own.

      1. avatar Leighton Cavendish says:

        minor little detail there…/s

    3. avatar Half Fast says:

      It HAD to be the little gnome with the ears that was “Sheriff” of Broward during Parkland that shot him. Had to be. Anyone else would walk up and flip him over. (unless there was an innocent victim involved)

  5. avatar Survivordude1090 says:

    I’d be tempted to just give him what he wants because I’d be more impressed than scared.

    “Actually I’m not even mad. That’s amazing!” – Ron Burgundy

  6. avatar Omer says:

    That man is handy-capable.

  7. avatar jwm says:

    I think it would have been funnier than hell for the store guy to grab a couple of ratchet straps and flagged down a passing buss to hitch roller man to. No need to involve the cops.

  8. avatar Tacoma236 says:

    Here is a question….Is this a justifiable use of deadly force? I mean just walking up behind the twit and hitting him in the head (that does not look like an easily maneuverable chair) .

    Reminds me of the kid who pulled a revolver on me in the projects. Being taught “situational awareness” I noticed i could see light in the cylinders i was in a dark room, he was standing in a bright lit doorway and you could see the back light through the gun. The gun was not cocked.

    Rather than draw my weapon I disarmed him and treated him to the alternative form of public housing.

  9. avatar Arc says:

    I think this guy actually just wanted to die. Being stuck in a wheelchair and crippled like that would drive me mad.

  10. avatar Buff cousin Elroy says:

    Lol they let him go because he’s a retarded cripple. Disability or not, he still deserved to catch a hot one in that situation. The only problem with that is youll be know as the guy who smoked a mental returd.

    1. avatar Big E says:

      Yeah, that is kinda no win!

  11. avatar Old Guy in Montana says:

    The would-be robber displayed some impressive footwork in his short criminal career…

    I’m curious how he would do on the Tueller Drill with that 8″ chef’s knife.

  12. avatar Dude says:

    This guy should be treated fairly. Lock him up.

  13. avatar GS650G says:

    Deaf, mute, paralyzed and wheelchair bound.
    Yeah, I can see why he might of hoped the shopkeep was armed.

  14. avatar Jimmy Beam says:

    Geez. That’s the question, isn’t it?? What would YOU do if a cripple in a wheelchair pointed a gun at you with his feet?? If you put a few in him, an overzealous DA would not only charge you with excessive use of force, but discriminating against the “differently abled.” Would that be a hate crime??

  15. avatar joe says:

    Does the getaway car have a chair lift?

  16. avatar bob says:

    for the mugshot they hang him up on the wall and his name is Art.

  17. avatar former water walker says:

    Good thing Trump banned Brazilian travelπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜€πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜‹πŸ˜!

  18. avatar Texican says:

    It’s been awhile since I laughed this hard upon reading the headline and seeing the photo! πŸ˜‚

  19. avatar strych9 says:

    With that kind of footwork he should have been a boxer. Oh, wait…

  20. avatar Specialist38 says:

    In Brazil, he would have been released even if he wasnt in a wheelchair.

    Crime is rampant because only multi-multi offenders go to jail.

    1. avatar Leighton Cavendish says:

      same here in the USA…especially in no-bail cities…

  21. avatar Bemused Berserker says:

    It would cost more to incarcerate him than it was worth, was probably a fair chunk of the “Do we prosecute him” equation.

    1. avatar Big E says:

      They should have set him free at the top of a really steep hill- problem solved!

  22. avatar enuf says:

    This definitely rates about a 9.0 on my Wierd-Shit-O-Meter!

  23. avatar Nelson Thompson says:

    I have personally seen one person who lost both of his arms compete in a competitive pistol shooting event. He was not the fastest person to complete the course but in my mind he was the most impressive person there. He carried the semiautomatic hand gun in an ankle holster, sat either in a chair or on the ground, drew the pistol from the holster using his bare feet, fired the mag, and then reloaded for the next targets. As far as I am concerned he was one hell of a man who did not let his physical disabilities limit him very much.

  24. avatar SkorpionFan says:

    “The robber used his feet to hold a gun on the man behind the counter.”
    The article from the Daily Mail used as a source for this article states this was a “toy plastic gun.”

    Even the Daily Mail article title says it was a fake gun:
    “Moment paralyzed deaf-mute teenager attempts to rob a jewelry shop in Brazil with a fake gun held with his FEET.”

    Kind of an important detail left out of the TTAG article. Maybe the Daily Mail article was updated to include the fake gun/toy gun information after Dan wrote this article.
    In many US states using a fake, realistic-looking gun in a crime has the same penalty as using a real gun, but still would hate to shoot a mentally disabled man using a toy gun that only appeared to be dangerous.

  25. avatar RGP says:

    A+ for effort! Actually there’s a possibility that in Brazil, he might have wanted to go to prison for the free room and board considering he might not be employable…. actually he just proved that he’s employable as a police officer or security guard….

  26. avatar George Washington says:

    Nobody is taking him seriously lol

  27. avatar Areolas Grande says:

    lol off duty brazilian cop would have wrecked him. bless his lil heart πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  28. avatar TJW says:

    Luckily for him, they usually cut off your hands in that part of the world.

  29. avatar Top says:

    Does he think he won’t be recognized???

    And folks wonder why Texas has a “just needed killin'”rule.

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