Tuesday 12 December 2017

Exclusive: Video footage shows passers-by hold down man armed with hammer after he tried to rob shop

Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

The owners of a shop in north Dublin have thanked the brave people who came to their aid after a man entered with a hammer, threatened staff and demanded cash.

The incident happened at a shop on the Swords Road in Santry on Monday at around 1.20pm.

After an altercation with a member of staff, the suspect fled the shop and ran towards a random car.

A witness told Independent.ie he jumped in the back of the car and shouted at the female driver, who was not involved in the incident, to "f**king drive".

Passers-by and members of staff then dragged the man out of the car, disarmed him and held him down until gardaí arrived at the scene.

The 29-year-old man was subsequently arrested and taken to Ballymun Garda Station, where he is being detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 as amended.

A garda spokesman said the man is still in custody today.

The manager of the shop told Independent.ie that the experience was "extremely traumatic".

"It was awful for everyone involved. Incidents like this happen all too frequently here. This is the second time in two months that someone has tried to rob our shop," he said.

"We are very thankful to the people who helped."

The female driver of the car suffered minor injuries. Nobody else was injured in the incident.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to contact Ballymun Garda station on 01 6664000.

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