Conor Maynard held up at gunpoint in Brazil during terrifying robbery
Singer and YouTube star Conor Maynard has revealed that he was held at gunpoint during his trip to Brazil. Maynard, who is 26-years-old, took to Instagram to let his fans know that he was safe, but to also explain why he cut his trip short.
Conor explained that whilst he and his manager were stopped at a red light in an Uber, a motorbike pulled up beside them and started banging on the window with a gun in his hand. He claims that he thought the criminal must have spotted his manager's expensive watch as they entered the Uber after being picked up from a restaurant.
In the video, Conor said:
"Some of you have been asking why I cut my Brazil trip short and if I'm OK. My manager and I were involved in an incident in São Paulo, when our Uber pulled up at a red light. We were sitting in the back. Suddenly a motorcyclist pulled up next to the driver's window, which is the side I was also on, and started banging on the window. We just thought our driver had cut him up or something and he was angry, but then as I looked, he was banging on the window with a gun in his hand."
Conor said that he didn't fully understand what was going on because both the robber and the driver were shouting in Portuguese. He continued:
"The driver panicked, the doors were locked and so the motorcyclist couldn't open the door. The driver put his hands up in the air. Then the motorcyclist started pointing the gun in the back where I was sitting and was trying to open the back door as well. It was terrifying. We started to try and get out the other side of the car but it was stuck so we couldn't get out as it was locked. We started yelling at the driver to drive, but we didn't know what to do and he didn't understand what we were saying either."
He said that their panic reached a fever pitch when he noticed a hole in the taxi window and thought that the driver had opened fire. The hole turned out to be caused by the gunman hitting the window, and not a gunshot, but it frightened them enough for the driver to hit the accelerator and drive away. The singer and his manager were then driven to the local police, where Conor said he found out that the gunman had intended to kill his driver:
"The driver thinks he wanted my manager's designer watch. He must have seen us leave the restaurant because the windows in the car were blacked out."
Conor finished the video by reassuring his fans that he still loves Brazil, and wouldn't let the incident scare him off from performing there again. Conor's fans responded to the video, instantly showering him with love and support.
It sounds as though Conor had a terrifying experience, and we are glad to hear that all three of the men in that car managed to escape uninjured.