A NOTORIOUS Brazilian criminal dubbed the ‘Queen of Crime’ is on the run after robbing her Tinder date at knifepoint.
Maria Angelica Macedo da Silva, 29, is suspected of assaulting her Tinder date whilst still serving an open prison sentence in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
She was first arrested in 2017 for masterminding and participating in robberies on at least 15 luxury homes.
She swiftly earned the nickname ‘‘Queen of Crime’’, for flaunting her lavish lifestyle on social media following the robberies.
The 29-year-old is still being hunted by the police and is believed to have gone on the run even though her lawyer, Luzia Helena Sanches, claims her client “vehemently denies” participating in the crime.
According to local police, Maria arranged to meet a 29-year-old man via dating app, Tinder.
After meeting, they decided to drive to Maria’s grandmother’s house however, on the way, as they neared a scrapyard, Maria asked her date to give her friend a lift, when two men bundled into the car.
They drove on, with one of the men putting a knife to the victim’s throat and took over the wheel.
The victim was then ordered to hand over his mobile phone and wallet.
Maria then allegedly told the victim the trio would kill him, prompting him to tussle with the knifeman.
The victim managed to escape by jumping out of the moving car, suffering cuts and scratches in the process.
The trio are thought to have fled in the vehicle, which was found abandoned two days later.
When questioned by police in hospital, the victim is said to have shown a photo of the suspect, who officers immediately identified as Maria.
Maria Angelica was previously convicted for robbery in May 2019 and has been serving an open prison sentence of two years and four months.
Under the terms of her sentence she is required to make quarterly appearances before a judge.
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In January 2018, she was sentenced to nine months in a semi-open prison for attempted theft.
In a semi-open prison regime, prisoners are allowed to work outside the prison during the day, but they must return to the prison each night.
The sentence was suspended in May of the same year and she was returned to a closed prison regime for bad behaviour.