Miss Brazil Robbed at Gunpoint

The 'well-dressed' robber even took the car she won in the 2010 pageant
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 5, 2011 8:21 AM CDT
In this Aug. 10, 2010 file photo, Miss Brazil 2010 Debora Lyra, in preparation for the Miss Universe 2010 Competition at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.   (Darrren Decker)

(Newser) – Miss Brazil has been robbed at gunpoint in front of her home. Debora Lyra was held up as she approached the entrance of her gated condo in Sao Paulo on Sunday, the Miss Brazil pageant press office said. A well-dressed man with a pistol approached Lyra as she pulled up to her condominium and took her purse, which contained her documents, cell phones, and credit cards. He also took the car, which she had been given for winning the 2010 pageant.

She then tweeted in frustration: "For how long will these criminals keep doing this? I was just robbed at the entrance to my house." Lyra will pass her title to the winner of the 2011 Miss Brazil pageant on July 23.

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