Thursday 19 October 2017

Teenage thugs pull terrified woman out of car

ROBIN SCHILLER

Two juveniles went on a crime rampage in the city on Friday night which ended with four people including a Garda requiring hospital treatment.

One female and three men were left hospitalised after a spate of crimes by the two youths.

The events unfolded in the Lucan area of the city shortly before 10pm on Friday evening.

Among the crimes being investigated are two hijackings as well as a number of serious assaults.

Gardai responded to reports of two eastern European juveniles, both believed to be 16, attempting to hijack a vehicle in the Castle Riada estate.

The two would-be car thieves assaulted a man and attempted to drag him out of his vehicle, but were stopped when two by-standers intervened.

However, the good Samaritans were subsequently set upon by the youths and viciously assaulted, before the perpetrators continued their crime spree.

After the attack on the two men, the juveniles attempted to hijack another car which was passing by on the road.

As the vehicle drove by, the pair forced it to a sudden stop before dragging a woman out of the car and launching an assault, punching and kicking her. The woman also required hospital treatment for her injuries.

As the youths attempted to flee in the vehicle, gardai arrived on the scene in an attempt to apprehend the two assailants.

However, the thugs then attacked one of the responding gardai, causing head injuries to him which left him requiring hospital treatment.

None of the injuries inflicted on the three members of the public are believed to be life-threatening, while the Garda has since been discharged from hospital. The four received treatment in James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown, and Tallaght Hospital.

The two suspects fled the scene on foot but were apprehended a short distance away on the Castle Road after a search of the vicinity by gardai.

The pair were last night being detained at Lucan Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

Sunday Independent

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