Members of feared gang in Brazil pose with assault rifles in Olympic Village swimming pool



A group of thugs from one of Rio de Janeiro’s most notorious gangs decided to throw a pool party inside the city’s sport complex that will host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Members of the feared Amigos dos Amigos – or Friends of Friends, in English – gang broke into the facility housing the swimming pool at the Honório Gurgel Olympic Village in the north of Rio de Janeiro and snapped some photos in the water with their semi-automatic weapons.

“I loved the pool, man. What a complex, it's all ours," purported drug trafficker Celso Pinheiro Pimenta, AKA Playboy, said on a recording obtained by Folha de Sao Paulo.

The gang apparently was celebrating their victory in a turf war over the rival Comando Vermelho, or Red Command, gang and thought that sneaking into the pool in the early hours on October 5 would be a great way to commemorate their new zone of influence.

After splashing around and posing for some group photos, some of the gang members went to social media to post their shots, which were quickly picked up by local law enforcement. An advisor from the Municipal Secretariat of Sport told local media that the sports complex had indeed been broken into and that the police have been asked to increase security.

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With an $8,000 bounty on his head, Pinheiro Pimenta is wanted in connection to a string of cargo robberies and is believed to be one of the leaders of Amigos dos Amigos. The alleged gangster, however, sees himself more as a Brazilian Robin Hood than a petty thief.

"We don't steal from the poor," he said on the recording taped by police. "We only steal from the rich."

There were no students or neighborhood residents in the complex during the time of the break-in. The Honório Gurgel Olympic Village was inaugurated back in 2012 for purposes of Olympic training and also to be used by the communities located in the area.

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