A MAN suffered a heart attack as he struggled with a would-be carjacker and held him until gardai arrived.
The 54-year-old man from Co Kildare is in a serious condition in hospital following the incident that happened in broad daylight in Cabra, north Dublin.
His wife told the Irish Independent how her husband, who had bravely grappled his alleged attacker, "keeled over" as he heard gardai arriving.
The man was on business in Dublin, and was sitting in the driver's seat of his car. He was parked on Charleville Road and eating a sandwich when he was approached by a man at around 3pm on Tuesday.
He initially thought the man was looking for directions, but when he wound down the car window the man allegedly threatened him with a syringe before attempting to grab the car keys out of the ignition.
The victim's wife said her husband was then dragged from his car.
She said: "He fought back, which I've very surprised at, he's not a violent fellow. He said he wasn't afraid of him."
The woman said her husband, who has a heart complaint and has had stents fitted after suffering two heart attacks, was grappling with the alleged assailant for some time before help arrived.
"It was a good while because nobody actually stopped their cars. I wouldn't (stop) if I saw two men brawling in the middle of the street, not in today's climate. But I'm a bit surprised nobody stopped," she said.
"He got an unmerciful bang in the chest and he couldn't do anymore, luckily he couldn't because it would have killed him.
"A woman was passing and she phoned the guards and they were there pretty quickly. He said he heard the guards coming and he just keeled over."
The man was rushed by ambulance to the Mater Hospital and remained in the hospital's high-dependency unit yesterday.
A garda spokesman confirmed they were investigating an alleged incident in which a male approached another male who was sitting in a car on Charleville Road and allegedly threatened him with a syringe.
The victim was sitting in his 2004 registered Skoda Octavia when he was attacked by the man.
A suspect was arrested at the scene under Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act and was taken to Mountjoy garda station. He was later released pending the preparation of a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions.