Knifeman clutching Bible takes reporter hostage after breaking into TV station

A knifeman holding a Bible broke into a TV station in Brazil and took a female reporter at hostage while demanding to speak to the presenter.

Video shows the man dressed in black holding a machete to the journalist’s throat as others confront him.

He was wearing a black face mask and black wide-brimmed hat as he broke into the headquarters of TV Globo, a television network based in Rio de Janeiro.

Reports say the woman taken hostage is called Marina Araújo, while the presenter the man wanted to speak to is named Renata Vasconcellos.

The man is said to have demanded he go live on the air, and a camera was even brought over to save time.

According to official reports, the man burst in armed with a knife and holding a Bible while demanding to speak to Renata, who hosts a show called Jornal Nacional.

Video taken by the station’s internal cameras shows the man with the reporter in front of him and a knife leaning against her abdomen.

Renata appeared at the crime scene, at which point the man dropped the knife and lifted his shirt to show he had no other weapons.



Knifeman takes reporter hostage

Ali Kamel, General Director of Journalism at the station, negotiated with the man before police arrived and arrested him.

The suspect, who is yet to be named, jumped the turnstiles at the entrance before seizing Marina, a young reporter who was nearest to him.

A spokesperson for the station said the man had “mental disorders,” and added there was no suggestion of a political motive behind the attack.



Knifeman takes reporter hostage

Marina was released after a few minutes and is said to be uninjured.

In a statement, the station said: “Marina behaved with courage, serenity and firmness, being fundamental to the outcome of the situation.

“Renata was brave, detached, supportive and absolutely essential for everything to end well.



Brazilian TV presenter Renata Vasconcellos

“The two professionals are doing well. And they were received by colleagues with affection and emotion.”

Last week, Renata reportedly didn’t appear on her show for two days in a row, sparking concern among social media users.

But the station responded, saying: “Renata Vasconcellos is doing well, she did not introduce the Jornal Nacional for a personal reason and will soon return to the newspaper.”

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