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Suspected car thief in Birmingham foiled by Brazilian Special Forces vet and jiu-jitsu

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

BIRMINGHAM – An incident between a champion jiu-jitsu fighter and a suspected car thief ended with the suspect facing charges, according to WBRC.

WBRC reported that last week Rachel Jacobs observed a man suspected of trying to break into a neighborhood car in downtown Birmingham.  Jacobs went inside and retrieved her boyfriend Abreau Campos to respond.

When Campos, who is also a veteran of Brazilian Special Forces, arrived, the suspect had allegedly broken into a different vehicle, according to WBRC.

“I went straight to his back and grabbed onto his neck and hold with his sweatshirt,” said Campos. “I used his own sweat shirt to choke him out.”

Campos told WBRC that the man passed out.  Campos removed the suspected car thief from the vehicle and remained with him until the police arrived.

“I just tried doing the right thing,” said Campos. “We work so hard for what we got and I don’t think it’s fair someone can just come and get it.”

WBRC reported that Birmingham Police arrested the suspect and charged him with breaking and entering.

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