Man is arrested after attempting to STEAL the Olympic torch on the streets of Sao Paulo before being tackled to the ground by police
This is the shocking moment a man tried to steal the Olympic flame while it was passing through the Brazilian town of Guarulhos, in Sao Paulo. The man was arrested by officers from the National Public Security Force after lunging out at the torch this morning. The suspect, who has not yet been identified, tried to steal the flame on the Salgado Filho Avenue in the centre of Guarulhos. Dramatic moment man attempts to STEAL Olympic torch
The incident did not affect the route which is expected to continue into the centre of Sao Paulo tomorrow. The woman holding the the flame at the time is believed to be Patricia de Albuquerque, but this has not yet been confirmed. In the video clip the flame bearer can be seen running along the road surrounded by at least ten security officials on foot.
The suspect, dressed in black, lunges for the flame before being swiftly knocked to the ground. He slams into a female police officer, injuring her in the head, just a few paces in front of the torch bearer. Police officers then carry the man off the route and the torch procession continues.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of assault and an attempt to steal Olympic property. Since the Olympic torch relay began in Brazil, the event has been hit by a series of controversial incidents and a couple of embarrassing falls.