Wednesday 26 April 2017

Man arrested attempting to cross river after female cashier threatened at Dublin fast-food restaurant

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Alan O'Keeffe

A knife-weilding robber ended up in the River Dodder in Dublin in an unsuccessful attempt to escape the long arm of the law.

The man, aged in his 30s, entered the cold waters of the river at Milltown Road as he tried to elude the attentions of gardai in five garda vehicles.

Armed with a knife, he had entered a fast food restaurant on Lower Rathmines Road at 7.30pm on Saturday night. He threatened a woman working behind the counter and managed to get a sum of money from the tills.

The woman was uninjured and the criminal made his escape from the scene in a taxi.

He got out of the taxi at Milltown Road in Milltown but by then, a garda alert had resulted in five garda vehicles converging on his location.

In a desperate bid to get away, he entered the river in darkness but was nabbed by the gardai.

The soaking suspect was arrested and brought to Rathmines garda station where he detained and allowed to dry off.

The man has been charged and he is scheduled to appear before District Court Number Four at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin Monday morning where he will face charges linked with the robbery.

“A number of Garda units responded to the robbery and the culprit was located attempting to cross the Dodder river...He was detained under the provisions of The Criminal Justice Act,” said a garda spokesman.

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