Man (21) questioned in connection with five robberies of young people in 24 hours - including mugging of boy (13)
A 21-year old man is being questioned by Gardai in connection with a mugging of a 13-year old boy in Limerick.
The man is also being interviewed by detectives about four separate other robberies on young people, within a 24-hour period, including that of a 19-year old woman who was held up at knife point.
Sergeant Justin McCarthy, crime prevention officer at Henry Street garda station in Limerick, said the five robberies occurred between last Sunday and Monday.
"Gardai at Mayorstone are investigating five separate robberies, one on Sunday morning and four on Monday morning where the victims had property stolen and were threatened with violence," Sgt McCarthy said.
"Arising from their investigations they have arrested a 21-year old man who has been detained for interview at Mayorstone Garda Station," he added.
The first robbery occurred at 11:05am last Sunday at Grove Island, Corbally, when a 19-year old woman was threatened at knifepoint by a man as she walked from Grove Island towards the Canal Bank.
"He tore a bag from her shoulder and ran away towards Pa Healy Road. He is described as mid 20s, medium build and wearing a grey tracksuit," Sgt McCarthy said.
The second robbery happened at 7.55am yesterday (Monday, 25/1) when a 15-year old secondary school student was walking along Athlunkard Street on his way to school when he was approached by a man who asked him for his phone.
"When the victim tried to walk away he was threatened by the same man that he would be stabbed...Fortunately the victim managed to escape," Sgt McCarthy said.
The third robbery occurred ten minutes later at 8.05am when a similar incident occurred on Athlunkard Street.
"A 19-year old man had his phone stolen and was threatened with being stabbed," Sgt McCarthy said.
"Shortly afterwards a 13-year old boy - again on his way to school, walking on Athlunkard Street - had his phone stolen and was threatened with violence," Sgt McCarthy said.
The fifth robbery occurred five minutes later when at 8.10am "another victim, aged 15, and on his way to school was walking along the riverbank at the back of Lee Estate".
"As he approached Athlunkard Street, he too was threatened and his phone stolen," Sgt McCarthy said.
Appealing for witnesses, he said: "If any member of the public witnessed these robberies, or otherwise has any information, we would ask them to contact Mayorstone Garda Station at 061-456980 or 1800-666-111 or Crimestoppers at 1800 25 00 25."