Wednesday 28 September 2016

Good Samaritan's car stolen at knife-point after she offers 'stranded' motorist a lift

Published 14/01/2016 | 02:30

The woman was threatened at knife-point before having her vehicle taken. Photo: Getty
The woman was threatened at knife-point before having her vehicle taken. Photo: Getty

A good Samaritan who stopped to offer a young man a lift, after thinking he may have had early morning car problems in the icy weather, was threatened at knife-point before having her vehicle taken.

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The woman was uninjured in the incident outside Grenagh in Cork shortly after 7am yesterday. Her vehicle was later found between Grenagh and Bweeng having been involved in a collision.

A man in his 20s was arrested by gardaí a short distance away and taken to Gurranabraher Garda Station. He is from the Cork city area.

The incident occurred when the woman, who was on her way to work, spotted a man standing by the roadside outside Grenagh. She thought he may have had car problems given the icy conditions around Cork.

However, seconds after stopping to check if he was alright, the young man produced a knife and forced the woman out of her car. He then got into the driver's seat and sped off in the direction of Mallow.

The car, an Opel Insignia, was found crashed by gardaí a short distance away. It is believed the man lost control of the vehicle near a bend due to black ice.

Irish Independent

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