Chilean actress and singer Luciana Echeverria was mugged while strolling through a tourist district in Rio de Janeiro, but Brazilian police recovered her belongings within a few minutes, officials said Sunday.

The 21-year-old star of the Chilean telenovela "Corazon Rebelde" was accosted by three men, one of whom was armed with a knife, as she strolled on Saturday night in Copacabana beach, Brazil's best known beach.

The muggers took Echeverria's camera, cell phone, cash and sneakers.

The actress flagged down some police officers, who managed to catch one of the muggers a few minutes later and recover all of her stolen property.

Echeverria became famous as a child star on the "Karku" television series.

"In less than five minutes, the police had captured this guy," Echeverria told Globo News.

The actress has also been a vocalist with Six Pack and CRZ La Banda. EFE