Woman left terrified after man jumps into car in Ikea and claims he has a 'gun'
Published 15/06/2016 | 11:03
A young woman who was subjected to a terrifying ordeal when a man jumped into her car at Ikea and threatened her has warned motorists to lock their cars as soon as they sit inside.
The woman had been shopping in the Ikea store in Ballymun when she returned to her car around 9pm on Monday, just before closing.
She got into her vehicle in the car park, put the key in ignition and was just checking her phone when a man jumped in beside her.
The woman was then threatened by the man, who held his arm behind his back and claimed he had a gun.
The shocked woman told gardai that the man then demanded that she drive and shouted that he wanted money.
The quick-thinking shopper had her mobile phone in her hand and dialled 999 but then immediately dropped the phone on the ground so he couldn't see it.
The whole conversation was recorded by the emergency services, and the woman managed to grab the key out of the ignition as she jumped out of the car and ran towards the store's security guards.
"As I looked around the man was in the driver's seat, but then he realised I had taken the key and he got out, taking some clothing from the car at the same time," the woman said.
Gardai arrived on the scene thanks to the woman's emergency call.
The incident took place close to the entrance of the store and although it was near closing time it was still bright.
A garda representative has confirmed the attempted carjacking was reported to them and that a man fitting the description of the attacker was picked up in a nearby housing estate yesterday morning.
It is expected he will be questioned about a number of crimes in the Ballymun area, including the one at Ikea.
It is also suspected the man had earlier attempted a theft from the Ikea store before being spotted by staff. Sources said he appeared to have been desperate for cash and may have been feeding a drug habit.
The woman who was at the centre of the attempted hijacking was not physically injured in the incident.
She said that she just wanted to warn others to be on their guard and to lock their cars as soon as they get in to prevent opportunistic carjacking thieves.