BRASILIA Ė A robber in the city of Sao Paulo tried to hold up Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer ďarmedĒ with a toy pistol, the weekly Veja magazine said on Saturday.
The strange incident, not revealed until now, occurred on July 1 on a downtown Sao Paulo street, and was confirmed to the magazine by Temerís office, which gave little importance to the matter.
The weekly said that when the car carrying Temer came to a stop, a man approached the window where the vice president was sitting and tapped on it with the apparent intention of asking for a handout.
But the man was hiding a handgun, which Temerís bodyguards spotted from another car, and they called out to the unknown person to stop and stay where he was, Veja said.
The assailant managed to escape by running away, but in doing so dropped the gun, which turned out to be a toy.
Once he saw there had been no danger, Veja said that Temer chose to continue on his way and let the robber escape, without even reporting the incident to the police.
Holdups at stoplights and in the enormous traffic jams that are an almost permanent fixture in Sao Paulo are a constant headache for inhabitants of this city, whose population of almost 18 million makes it the nationís largest.