Brazil’s notorious “Queen of Crime ” is being hunted by police accused of brutally robbing a man she met on Tinder while on parole.
Maria Angelica Macedo da Silva is said to have gone on the run after taking part in the knifepoint honeytrap attack on January 15.
The tattooed 29-year-old was first arrested in November 2017 after masterminding and participating in robberies on at least 15 luxury homes.
She was dubbed the “Madame of Crime”, “Little Princess of Crime” and “Queen of Crime” for showing off her lavish lifestyle on social media.
The serial thief has then been in and out of jail until being granted an “open prison sentence” similar to parole in May 2019.
Now police are appealing for witnesses saying the robbery convict arranged to meet a 29-year-old man via the dating app Tinder.
After meeting, they decided to drive to Maria Angelica’s grandmother’s house where they could enjoy some privacy.
However, on the way, as they neared a scrapyard, she asked her date to give a friend a lift, and two men had then bundled into the car.
They drove on, and one of the men then put a knife to the victim’s throat and took over the wheel. The victim was then ordered to hand over his mobile phone and wallet.
Maria Angelica then allegedly told the victim the trio would kill him, prompting him to tussle with the knifeman.
The victim managed to escape by jumping out of the moving car, suffering cuts and scratches in the process. The trio then fled in the vehicle, which was found abandoned two days later.
When questioned by police in hospital, the victim is said to have shown a photo of the suspect, who officers immediately identified as the “Queen of Crime”.
Her temporary imprisonment for 30 days was swiftly authorised and she was today being hunted by the police and is believed to have gone on the run.
Her lawyer, Luzia Helena Sanches, claimed her client “vehemently denies” participating in the crime.
Maria Angelica was previously convicted for robbery and has been serving an open prison sentence of two years and four months since May 2019.
The conditions meant she had to make quarterly appearances before a judge to prove she is abiding by the terms.
In January 2018, Maria Angelica was sentenced to nine months in a semi-open prison for attempted theft.
The sentence was suspended in May of the same year and she was returned to a closed prison regime for bad behaviour.
In June 2018, Maria Angelica was convicted of robbing a house and received a sentence of two years and eight months in a closed prison.
However, in March 2019, she managed to decrease her sentence to two years and four months in a semi-open prison.
Two months later, this was commuted to an open prison sentence.
She is accused of taking part in two robberies while serving an open prison sentence.
Details of the second robbery allegedly committed recently by Maria Angelica, who has a degree in physical education, are unclear.