Friday 6 December 2019

Hero off-duty garda tackles two armed raiders

Off duty garda followed men into shop in Ranelagh

Gardai are investigating the incident
Gardai are investigating the incident

Alan O'Keeffe

Terrified shop staff spoke today of a hero off-duty garda who single-handledly tackled two armed raiders during a hold-up in Dublin.

The garda immediately challenged the two men as they pointed a gun at a 62-year-old shop worker at Cullen's Convenience Store on Mount Pleasant Avenue in Ranelagh at 6.45 pm.

"I was terrified when one of the men was pointing a gun at me.  I was thinking a bullet was coming," said the 62-year-old man today.

"I was so relieved when the policeman came into the shop. He was so brave.  He was like  an angel coming to help me. I thank God that he came," he told The Herald.

The two men entered the shop when the shop assistant was alone in the shop.  One man, with his face  covered, pointed a handgun at him and ordered him to open the cash till. 

His accomplice, a younger man in his late teens, went around the counter and stood beside the cash register ordering the assistant to open the til.

"I was very scared. The gunman kept shouting 'open the till, open the till' but I couldn't because I was too scared. I was shivering," he said.

"But then the policeman arrived. I thought at first he was a customer.  He tried to close the door the the two men managed to run outside.  The policeman grabbed one of them and was struggling with one of them.

"The man with the gun ran off but came back and was pointing the gun at the policeman.  The two men ran off and the policeman ran after them," he said.

The garda captured one of the raiders and the other escaped.  Gardai later arrested a teenager.  The firearm was discovered discarded in nearby Mount Pleasant Square.

Anyone who was in the area of Mount Pleasant Avenue or Mount Pleasant Square yesterday evening between 6 and 7pm is asked to contact Rathmines Garda Station on 01 666 66700.

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