Published: 2:38 p.m. BST, 2 September 2022 | Updated: 3:05 p.m. BST, 2 September 2022
A British tourist has been stabbed as he bravely tried to fight off a gang of four violent thugs who snatched his bag in Barcelona, terrifying footage shows.
The holidaymaker was having a drink on a terrace in Placa Sant Josep Oriol near Las Ramblas around 8pm last night when the bag was snatched.
The victim ran after the thieves and managed to hold him off, while they began to struggle for the bag in front of shocked onlookers.
A British tourist was stabbed as he bravely tried to fight off a gang of four thieves who snatched his bag in Barcelona
The thief stabbed the Briton in the side of his chest in the ugly scenes in Barcelona last night
The holidaymaker was having a drink on a terrace in Placa Sant Josep Oriol near Las Ramblas around 8pm last night when the bag was snatched
The victim ran after the thieves and managed to hold him off, as they began to fight for the bag in front of shocked onlookers
But the thief then pulled a sharp object from his pocket and repeatedly tried to stab him before making contact with the side of his torso.
The Brit only realized this when he saw the blade in front of his face, at which point he unleashed the thug who rushed safely with his assailants.
A brave passerby tried to stop their escape without success.
All four were arrested shortly thereafter.
The drama came amid a wave of violence in the popular Spanish city
The thief pulled a sharp object from his pocket and made several attempts to stab it before making contact with the side of his torso
Four assailants fled the scene but were all arrested shortly afterwards
The tragedy came amid a wave of violence in the popular Spanish city.
On the same night as the theft of the bag, another knife attack took place in the same neighborhood around 10 p.m. and at 4 a.m. two more people were arrested after stabbing a third person during a heated argument.
Meanwhile, earlier this week footballer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was targeted by an armed gang who broke into his luxury home, threatened him and his family with guns and bars of iron, and escaped with jewelry after damaging his jaw.
The then Barcelona striker, who moved to Chelsea yesterday, was attacked by the men in front of his wife Alysha Behague, with the criminals escaping in a white Audi A3.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was allegedly the victim of an armed robbery at his home in the early hours of Monday morning
El Pais report that at least four men climbed into his garden at the Castelldefels complex and threatened him until they gained access to the player’s safe.
The couple were made to lie on the ground for an hour in front of their two terrified children Curtys, 11, and Pierre, six, another RAC1 report claims.
Aubameyang was struck in the chin by an iron bar, while Behague received a blow to the head.
Behague quickly alerted the Spanish police, who are now looking for the culprits.