An attempted motorcycle theft didn’t go off quite as well as the crook would have liked it over the weekend in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
An unnamed motorcyclist on a Honda Hornet was traveling at a good rate of speed passing several cars when he slowed down to navigate an intersection. The rider’s helmet cam showed a second motorcycle with two riders aboard pull directly in front of him and the passenger pointed a gun directly in the face of the Hornet’s rider.
The rider immediately got off the bike and gunman Escarante Leonardo Santos, 35, hops off the back while still brandishing the .38 caliber in the victim’s face and demands the keys to the bike.
As Santos is about to mount the bike to ride off, a policeman in an unmarked car steps out and fires two rounds at Santos hitting him in the stomach and leg and knocking him to the ground. The accomplice on the other motorcycle quickly sped off.
The extended version of the video shows Santos lying on the pavement for approximately seven minutes before paramedics arrived. The culprit was rushed to emergency surgery but, at the time of the news reports, his condition was unknown.
Law enforcement has stated that the officer who fired was a military policeman on his way home from work when he saw the hold up as it occurred.
“Preliminary analysis of the video suggests that the action of the military police was legitimate and correct, with the observance of police technique,” said Sao Paolo Civil Police in a prepared statement. “The video clearly shows that the robber pointed his gun towards the police officer,” and that the resulting action “demonstrated commitment to public cause, defending society from violent criminals.”
This situation gives all riders something to consider that hasn’t really been that much of an issue to date: how would you handle a “bike-jacking”? This is an issue that asset recovery company LoJack has been watching closely. “We are that last resort in providing protection and have a very good success rate,” said Jeremy Warnick of LoJack. “Our technology is not based on GPS but rather radio frequency and this allows law enforcement to track a motorcycle even if it’s stored under layers of concrete in a parking garage or within a shipping container.”
Warnick went on to discuss how the smart technology being employed by many auto manufacturers are making it more challenging for car-jackers to steal keys so LoJack is now closely watching to see if bike-jacking becomes a more prevalent occurrence as the thieves turn their attention away from cars and SUV’s.