Wednesday 28 September 2016

Woman who stopped to offer lift to young man has car stolen at knife point

Published 13/01/2016 | 12:47

Garda Traffic Corps. Stock picture
Garda Traffic Corps. Stock picture

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 today.

However, she was left badly shaken by her experience.

Her vehicle was later found between Grenagh and Bweeng having been involved in a collision.

A man in his 20s was arrested by Gardai a short distance away and taken to Gurranabraher Garda Station for questioning.

He can be questioned for a period of 24 hours.

He is from the Cork city area.

The woman is expected to be interviewed about what happened tomorrow when she has had a chance to recover from her ordeal.

The incident erupted shortly after 7am 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.

Dozens of accidents occurred in Cork from 6am after rainfall froze on contact with the icy roads.

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 Gardai a short distance away.

It is believed the man lost control of the vehicle near a bend due to black ice.

Because the man was reported to be armed with a knife, the armed Regional Support Unit (RSU) was put on standby.

However, the young man was detained without incident by uniformed gardai not far from the accident scene.

The female motorist was uninjured and did not require medical attention.

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