Tattoo Artist Catches Teen Stealing From Him - Takes Shocking Form Of Revenge

One 17-year-old tried to steal the wrong man's bike. The man scarred the child with his own version of a 'scarlet letter'. The tattoo artist wrote the boy's sins right across his forehead for all to see. Even people who support justice feel that the man took his revenge a little too far.

A 27-year-old Brazilian tattoo artist was furious when a 17-year-old boy allegedly stole his bike. Maycon Wesley Carvalho dos Reis employed the help of his neighbor, 29-year-old Ronildo Moreira de Araújo, in catching the teen. Instead of bringing the situation to the attention of the police, however, Carvalho took the law into his own hands. He decided to become the boy's jury, judge and punisher.

The tattoo artist forced the young man to sit in his chair, and, against the boy's will, he tattooed words across the young man's forehead. The words read in Portuguese, "Eu sou ladrão e vacilão."

In English, that translates to, "I am a thief and a loser."

A shocking video shows the young man being branded for life. The boy looks terrified and humiliated. The video went viral, but instead of people cheering the tattoo artist for teaching the young would-be thief a lesson, he was slammed for doling out his own form of cruel and unusual punishment.

Whether the boy stole a bike or not is irrelevant, as forcibly holding him down and branding his flesh is a crime in itself, according to authorities. Carvalho and his friend were subsequently arrested. Now, the photos and videos they posted online because they thought they were funny are being used as evidence against them.

A judge ordered the two men be remanded in custody. An attorney who works with the Commission for Children and Adolescents of Condep says the case is considered 'very serious'.

“If you were trying to steal or steal, you should call the police and not torture,” said the attorney.

Carvalho and Araujo both say they released the teen after the impromptu tattoo job, but authorities report that the teen is nowhere to be found.

“He is upset that he does not want anyone to see his face,” said a member of the unnamed boy's family.

According to the boy's family members, he suffers from mental issues and he may be recovering at his grandmother's house.

The boy's uncle says, "He’s very well-liked in the neighborhood and many people started looking for him, they came to tell us where he was and his friends went to pick him up, and now he’s at his grandmother’s house, resting.”

Some internet users felt sorry for the ordeal the boy had to go through and they wanted to help him. They've started an online fundraiser to raise enough money to help the teen have the tattoo removed. Tattoo removal is a painful process that costs thousands of dollars, but if kind strangers are willing to pay for it, it would certainly be a better option than living life with such a terrible stigma plastered across his face.

Source: Yahoo News
Photo: MailOnline

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