Heavily pregnant woman injured during car snatch ordeal
A HEAVILY pregnant woman is recovering in hospital after being abducted and assaulted by a car thief.
The terrifying incident began while the woman was sitting in the front passenger seat of a silver Audi 4 saloon car.
The driver was putting money into a parking meter, but a thug armed with a blood filled syringe jumped into the vehicle and attacked the woman.
He tried to force her out of the vehicle, but after a vicious struggle, the thief made off with the woman still in the car.
The incident, which took place at Hill Street in Dublin's north inner city yesterday afternoon, was spotted by two armed detectives in a passing patrol car.
They saw the Audi being driven away at speed and gave chase for a short distance.
The Audi stopped at Sean McDermott Street and the suspect jumped out and tried to escape on foot.
But he was chased by the detectives and surrendered when they shouted: "Stop, armed gardai".
The woman, who is in her 30s, and her male companion are both Asian and he has an address in south county Dublin.
The terrified mother-to-be was taken to the Rotunda Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries to her face as a result of the struggle.
She was held overnight for observation and was expected to be discharged from hospital today.
Meanwhile, gardai arrested a man in his late 20s for questioning.
He was being held last night at Store Street station under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and can be held without charge for up to 24 hours, excluding rest periods.
The suspect, who is from the Pearse Street area of the south inner city, is well known to gardai.
The syringe was taken away by gardai for forensic examination.
Officers also recovered a mobile phone, which had been stolen from the woman.