Friday 19 January 2018

Driver threatened with knife in fifth car hijacking in Dublin

Gardai investigate after shots fired at car overnight
Gardai investigate after shots fired at car overnight

Paul Williams

GARDAI in Dublin are investigating the fifth carjacking incident in the capital in just over a month.

A man escaped without injury when he was flagged down on Windmill Road in Crumlin shortly before midnight on Saturday.

Gardai say that a man armed with a baseball bat stood in the middle of the road close to Pearse Park, forcing the driver to stop.

It is understood that two other men, one of whom was armed with a knife, then ran from the cover of the park and began demanding money from the motorist, who was travelling alone.

The man, who was said to have been terrified, told his attackers that he had no money.

He managed to escape, abandoning the car, and ran to Crumlin garda station for help.

One of the carjackers is understood to have run off and the other two men drove off in the car, which is described as a green 1999 D-registered Ford Fiesta.

Gardai were still searching for the car last night and have appealed for anyone who may have seen the distinctive coloured vehicle to contact them. This brings the number of carjacking incidents to six in the past month in Dublin and Wicklow.

A 59-year-old woman was knocked unconscious when she tried to stop her car from being stolen outside her home in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, on April 21. And on May 12 a pregnant woman was injured when the car she was sitting in was hijacked on Mountjoy Square in Dublin.

On May 16, a woman and her young children were held up by a man who jumped into her car claiming he was armed with a taser.

The woman was ordered to drive to her house and retrieve bank cards. She was then forced to return to an ATM in Rathgar and withdraw money.

In the early hours of May 18, a taxi driver was held at knifepoint when he picked up a fare in Tallaght and was forced to drive to Terenure. The driver was ordered out of the cab and the car driven off by the attacker. It was later recovered crashed in Cabra.

On May 19, an elderly German couple were left traumatised after thieves hijacked their car when they stopped at the scene of a crash at Clara Vale in Rathdrum, Co Wicklow.

The couple, who were on holiday, were dragged from their car by thieves, who then drove off in it. The car involved in the accident had already been stolen and crashed by the suspects.

Gardai have arrested a number of people in connection with the incidents, which are not believed to be connected. Three men are before the courts on related charges.

Gardai at Crumlin garda station have appealed for anyone with information about the incident on Saturday night to contact them on 01 666 6200.

Irish Independent

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