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Ecuador TV reporter robbed live on air

Terrifying moment TV reporter is robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight while filming outside football stadium in Ecuador

  • WARNING: DISTRESSING FOOTAGE 
  • TV reporter Diego Ordinola was reporting outside a stadium in Guayaquil
  • A man wielding a revolver approached Mr Ordinola and his cameraman 
  • The desperate criminal ordered the pair to hand over a mobile phone  

This is the terrifying moment a television reporter has a gun pointed in his face as he does a live piece to camera in Ecuador. 

Diego Ordinola, a sports reporter for DIRECTV, was standing outside the Estadio Monumental in Tarqui, Guayaquil, when he was confronted by a man holding a revolver. 

The reporter shared footage of the attack on his Twitter account on February 12.  

This is the moment TV reporter Diego Ordinola is robbed at gunpoint outside the Estadio Monumental in Tarqui, Guayaquil, Ecuador 

The pistol-wielding felon demanded a mobile phone from Mr Ordinola and his cameraman

The pistol-wielding felon demanded a mobile phone from Mr Ordinola and his cameraman

The criminal runs off with the cameraman's phone before the TV crew give chase

The criminal runs off with the cameraman’s phone before the TV crew give chase 

He wrote: ‘We can’t even work quietly. This happened at 1pm today outside the Estadio Monumental.’

In the video, the gunman grabs a mobile phone belonging to one of Mr Ordinola’s crew as the camera operator keeps filming him.

One of the crew is later seen chasing after the mugger who appears to escape on a waiting motorbike.  

More than 350,000 people have viewed the footage on Twitter. 

Mr Ordinola told his followers that the Ecuadorian police have vowed to track down and arrest the criminals. 

In the footage, the raider can be heard shouting out: ‘Telephone, give me your telephone.’  

After grabbing the phone, the criminal, who was wearing a face mask, ran away from the stadium. 

The felon escaped on the back of a motorbike ridden by an accomplice wearing a pink shirt

The felon escaped on the back of a motorbike ridden by an accomplice wearing a pink shirt

After a few seconds, Mr Ordinola and his cameraman give chase, by which time the gunman had crossed a busy highway and got on a motorbike. 

The criminal is filmed escaping the area with the stolen phone.  

Last year TV reporter Diego Demarco was robbed moments before he began a live broadcast in Buenos Aires. 

Neighbours in the area on the outskirts of the city, including children, quickly ran after the thief and minutes later recovered the phone.  

Footage shows the robber running off with the phone as Mr Demarco shouts: ‘Give it to me. My phone was stolen.’

Mr Demarco turns to onlookers and pleads: ‘Go find him, tell him that I work with the phone.’  

Mr Demarco had to deliver an on-air report for Argentine news station En Vivo El Nueve.

Luckily for him, the neighbours were able to get his phone back and it was reunited with him in minutes. 

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