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Attempted Mugging In Argentina Caught On GoPro Cam

Gun-toting thief approaches backpacker in Buenos Aires

By: Sasha Sutton  |@SashaEricaS
 on 17th September 2014 @ 3.36pm
graziano and hennessy were in the middle of their journey through south america  when the incident happen © YouTube
Graziano and Hennessy were in the middle of their journey through South America, when the incident happen.

Footage showing the dramatic moment a gun-toting thief attempts to mug a backpacker in broad daylight in Buenos Aires has gone viral. The crime, filmed using a GoPro head camera, shows traveller and cameraman Alexander Hennessy riding along a bicycle path before a man pulls up alongside him on a motorcycle and demands Hennessy give him his backpack containing camera equipment.

Things took a dramatic turn, when the robber pulled out a gun and began to get agitated, shouting “Give me the backpack!” in Spanish repetitively, but Hennessy fails to understand explaining ‘I don’t know what you’re saying, man!” and even calls the mugger ‘amigo’ in order to deter him; but as he became increasingly hostile, waving his gun and lunging for the bag, Hennessy is forced to dismounts his bicycle and run.

The terrifying moment happened during the travelling project Global Degree in which Hennessy alongside his partner Michael Graziano, 24, are aiming to complete the mission of visiting every single country in the entire world in 60 months and ‘earn their Global Degree’ - capturing every moment on film. In completing this mission, this would make Graziano the youngest Canadian to do so.

“I was on a bike tour in a rough part of Buenos Aires (Argentina) in broad daylight when a thief attempted to steal my camera gear at gunpoint. I miraculously happened to be recording with a gopro [sic] on my forehead and captured this amazing piece of footage!”, recounts Hennessy.

“While it’s not our proudest footage, it certainly is draw-dropping”.

Luckily Hennessy escaped unharmed when his friend stepped in and the robber backed off allowing them to leave the scene. The footage was handed over to local police. The Independent reports that the man was arrested later that same day.

And despite this horrifying experience, Hennessy says that this will not stop him from completely the around-the-world mission.

“This won’t stop us from visiting all 195 countries and getting that Global Degree!” Some people will never learn. 

tags: People | Crime

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