Saturday 22 July 2017

Woman dragged to ground and man struck with crutch during spate of violent rush hour robberies

Abbey Street Lower (Photo: Google Maps)
Abbey Street Lower (Photo: Google Maps)
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

Gardaí have arrested two men after a spate of violent robberies in Dublin city centre this morning.

Independent.ie has learned that a female commuter was dragged to the ground; a man was struck in the throat with a wooden crutch; and another man was robbed on the Luas during separate attacks.

Gardaí suspect that the same raiders are responsible for all of the crimes.

A source explained that the first incident took place at 7am on Abbey Street Lower, in Dublin's North Inner City.

A woman was dragged to the ground by two males who then stole her handbag before fleeing.

A short time later a male commuter was approached by two men. The victim was struck in the throat with a wooded crutch before the men stole his mobile phone.

Gardaí at Store Street also received a report of a man being robbed on the Luas red line in the city centre. His phone and wallet were taken during the theft.

All three incidents are believed to be connected.

Quick-acting gardaí from Store Street arrested two males within five minutes of the robberies and they are now being questioned about all three incidents.

A source said: "Gardaí had just started their shift and were called down to the scene. Two suspects were quickly identified and arrested."

One man is in his late 20s and the second man is in his mid 20s.

They are being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and can be held for 24 hours.

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