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Bam Margera Reportedly Robbed At Gunpoint In Colombia, Breaks Sobriety

Reality TV star said in an Instagram video that he was held up in a taxi in Colombia shortly after arriving in the country.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
Bam Margera

Former “Jackass” star Bam Margera took to social media Sunday night to announce that he’d been robbed at gunpoint by a taxi driver in Colombia, and it was enough to drive him to have a drink after more than seven months sober.

In a short Instagram video, the 38-year-old reality TV star stated that he’d just arrived in Cartagena and was alone when he hailed a “random” taxi at the airport. Things took a turn for the worse, however, with the pro skateboarder explaining, “I couldn’t speak Spanish, they couldn’t speak English, and they translated on their phone for me to read ‘Empty your wallet’ as they put a gun on their lap to show it to me, so I did, and I had $500. They let me go.”

“That was weird,” he continued. “Welcome to Colombia.”

The incident was apparently enough to push Margera, who had been sober since January, into relapsing. According to People, a second Instagram post shows Margera opening a beer, alongside the caption, “Sober since January 10th, this is how you open a beer being alone, bored and robbed.”

Still, the experience wasn’t enough to deter him from skateboarding, as he added, “Anyone in Cartagena I will be sitting at the center square at high noon tomorrow with my skateboard if u wanna cruise.”

The post appears to have since been deleted.

Margera checked into rehab in early January, shortly after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Margera’s “Jackass” co-star Ryan Dunn died in 2011 after driving drunk and crashing his car. Dunn’s friend and passenger in the vehicle, Zachary Hartwell, also died during the crash.

[Photo: Bam Margera attends the Bam Margera & Friends art exhibit opening at The James Oliver Gallery on April 7, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. By Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images]