Cyclist held up at gunpoint, videotapes incident

Cyclist Alex Hennessy is accosted by a robber at gunpoint in Argentina. Photo is a screen grab from the video
Cyclist Alex Hennessy is accosted by a robber at gunpoint in Argentina. Photo is a screen grab from the video

Mike Graziano and Alex Hennessy are attempting to visit 195 countries in 60 months and are chronicling the adventure in videos posted on YouTube. "I believe people are good everywhere," Graziano says in Episode 1. "It doesn't matter which country they're from. So I've got to go see if that's true."

Well, that wasn't exactly true in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Hennessy was accosted at gunpoint while riding a bike through a rough area of the city. Naturally, the film school graduate caught the entire episode on video and posted it Tuesday on their YouTube Channel, Global Degree TV.

"While it’s not our proudest footage, it certainly is jaw-dropping," they wrote on Facebook. "Watch Alexander Hennessy get robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight during a bike tour in Buenos Aires, Argentina."

As you can see, Hennessy was riding in a bike lane when a motorcyclist cut him off. Hennessy avoids the man and rides off. But the man catches up to him and pulls him over, brandishing a pistol.

Hennessy couldn't understand the Spanish-speaking man and eventually got off his bike and offered it to him. But the man wanted Hennessy's backpack and the expensive camera hanging from it, according to the U.K. MailOnline.

"Amigo, amigo, amigo," Hennessy kept repeating, and pushed the man away. He finally ran off with Graziano, joined the other cyclists, who lent him a bike to use, and ultimately hailed a traffic cop.

After being held up at gunpoint, Alex Hennessy hailed a traffic cop. Photo is a screen grab from the video
After being held up at gunpoint, Alex Hennessy hailed a traffic cop. Photo is a screen grab from the video

"I've got that entire thing on my GoPro right now," he said, laughing as the other cyclists stopped with him. "I was recording that whole thing."

He proceeded to show the footage to police, who recognized the robber and arrested him, much like what happened in a similar case in South Africa.

The MailOnline reported that after the incident, Hennessy posted tips for travelers, saying, "Don't travel with your camera out, use your common sense. Give up your camera. Don't take the risk. I think we were stupid about it."

The traveling duo from Vancouver, Canada, have already visited Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, and Colombia on their epic journey.

On Wednesday, they posted this on Facebook: "Don't worry Argentina, we still love you!!!"

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