Emerson Royal thanks ‘angel’ off-duty police officer who ‘risked his own life to save mine’ after ‘armed attacker tried to rob the Tottenham star, 23, at gunpoint outside Brazil nightclub’
- Emerson Royal has provided an update after allegedly being robbed
- The Tottenham defender had just left a nightclub in his home city of Sao Paulo
- The man is said to have pointed a gun at him while demanding his belongings
- An off-duty police officer fired 29 shots at the man to save the Brazilian
- Royal has taken to social media to thank the ‘angel’ that helped him escape
Tottenham defender Emerson Royal has thanked an off-duty police officer after surviving a gun fight outside a Brazil night club in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The 23-year-old left a nightclub in his home city of Sao Paulo at around 3am and was taking photos with an off-duty police officer when an individual pointed a gun at him and demanded his belongings. It is claimed the officer drew his gun and opened fire on the thief.
Twenty nine shots were reportedly fired at the assailant, one of which hit him in the back and meant he had to be taken to a nearby hospital. Royal has since taken to social media to show his gratitude to the officer.
Emerson Royal has thanked an off-duty police office after being targeted by an armed robber
In a post on his Instagram story, Royal wrote: ‘God sends angels to Earth, this is being confirmed every day in my life. This human being I call an angel risked his own life to save mine… I will forever be grateful to you!!
‘You are essential to me being here today!! Thank you, thank you and thank you. (This photo was moments before the event, where he said he was my fan and asked for a photo with me).
According to delegate Robson Gonçalves de Oliveira, from the Judiciary Police Center (CPJ), where the case was registered, an accomplice in the crime may have warned the robber about the player’s presence at the night club.
‘Someone must have noticed that he was sporting valuables. This must have caught the attention of a scout. This scout must have warned the executor of the theft and he attended to carry out the robbery’, said the delegate.
The Spurs defender can be seen sporting an expensive watch and chains in the picture taken with the police officer – which officials saying that could be the reason that Royal was targeted.
Royal shared a picture taken with the off-duty police officer who fired shots at his robber
The Spurs defender took to Instagram to reassure fans that he is alright after the altercation
The incident happened just after Royal and his family left New Trips nightclub in Sao Paulo
Speaking to Globo Esporte, Royal’s father detailed the events of the night: ‘I was celebrating and on the way out, this whole affair happened, which was very bad. A horror scene indeed. I don’t wish that on anyone.
‘He [the policeman] went, as usual, with Royal to the car and when he realized there was a robbery and the criminal was pointing the gun at Emerson, at the time the criminal got distracted, the policeman started to exchange shots with him.
‘There were around five or six people with him. Each one went to a side running, dodging, because they didn’t know where the shots were coming from.’
The 23-year-old made 41 appearances in all competitions in his debut season for Tottenham
Royal is currently on holiday back in his native country after his debut campaign for Tottenham.
The Brazilian full-back moved to north London from Barcelona for £25.8million last summer and has made 41 appearances in all competitions for Antonio Conte’s side.
The 23-year-old has not been included in Brazil’s squad for friendlies against Japan and Argentina this week, but says he is still hopeful of securing a spot in the World Cup squad later this year.