Everybody knows that muggers are cowards. They act in groups, carry weapons and tend to pick on the vulnerable. So I was especially pleased to see this video where a mugger is restrained after a failed mugging attempt.

In the video Wesley Sousa de Araujo is heard screaming out for help. He shouts: “Daddy, daddy, call the police, daddy. Help Jesus. I swear, it was the first time I’ve ever done this. Help, Lord, somebody help me. Where’s my mum?”

I wish I could understand Portuguese as I could enjoy his pathetic pleas even more.

He’d chosen the wrong target as his intended victim was Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Monique Bastos. Here’s her story as reported on the MMA website:

“I was going to my jiu-jitsu training when they (two men) arrived on a motorcycle and said they wanted our phones. I tried to hold my phone, and I realized they were not armed. When they tried to escape, I lifted the rear wheel of the bike and they fell on the ground. The guy who took my phone ran away, but I was able to get the other one.”

Much as we would all like to take on a mugger like this, the best advice is just to let them take the phone or wallet and avoid the possibility of being stabbed etc. Many people carry a ‘Mugger’s Wallet’ – an old wallet containing pseudo or out-of-date credit cards – that can be handed over without any loss. Maybe an old Nokia phone could be carried as a ‘Mugger’s Phone’.

Well done Monique!