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A CNN reporter was mugged at knifepoint during a live broadcast in Sao Paulo, Brazil, over the weekend, but was not harmed during the incident.
Bruna Macedo was reporting on rising water levels resulting from heavy rain for CNN Brazil when a man was seen crossing a bridge behind her. Not long after, the individual was seen next to Macedo while she was speaking with the anchor, Rafael Colombo.
The reporter acknowledged the man before he pulled a knife, prompting her to hand over two cellphones. She was reportedly not hurt in the incident.
"She had a terrible scare, but she is fine," Colombo told Brazilian newspaper Fohla de Sao Paulo, according to Australian news site News.com.au.
"It was impossible to understand at the time what was happening, if it was a homeless person passing by," he added. "But after what happened, we cut the image."
Colombo later informed viewers that the man "appeared to be a homeless man wanting to pass through." He said the man told Macedo to hand over her phone and noticed that she had a second, which he also asked she hand over, according to Colombo.
"Later on in the newsroom, Bruna explained to us that the mugger was demanding her phone," he said.
"The most important thing is Bruna is well and resting," he added.
CNN Brazil launched on March 15, with the news organization sharing in the announcement that it had "recruited more than 300 journalists, including many of the most experienced and prominent figures in Brazilian journalism."
"The launch of CNN Brasil is an important historical landmark for Brazilian journalism. Our entire team is very happy with the partnership with CNN and with the opportunity to bring the world's largest and most important news brand to Brazil," said CNN Brazil CEO Douglas Tavolaro.
Rafael Bernal contributed.