Jade Ecobichon-Gray (30) was traumatised after her mobile phone, bank card and money were stolen when a man wielding a knife mugged her in a tourist area of the capital, Rio de Janeiro, on Saturday.
The former substance misuse therapist, who is helping children as a volunteer in Rocinha, a large slum known as a favela, called her parents after the incident in a panic.
Her mother, Karen Ecobichon-Gray, then tried to call her phone. She said: ‘Someone answered and was speaking in Portuguese and we were thinking: “Is it the person who robbed her? Maybe it’s the police, or maybe it’s not.”
‘I quickly ran to my neighbour, Teresa Moinhos, who speaks Portuguese, and said: “Help, help! I need you to speak to these people – my daughter has been mugged.”
‘She worked out it was the police and managed to get the name of the station and the officer’s name.’
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