Saturday 24 August 2019

Man arrested after suspected endangerment and abduction of boy (14)

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Allison Bray

A 14-year-old boy was freed from the boot of a car by gardai tonight in what they believe was an alleged attempt to endanger and abduct the youth.

The bizarre incident unfolded around 7.30pm when armed gardai patrolling the Finglas area of north Dublin as part of a specialised anti-gangland crime unit observed a suspicious car in the area, according to the Garda Press Office.

Members of the unit, known as the K District Community Action Team, attempted to pull the car over. However the driver failed to stop.

Gardai then followed the car to Kippure Park where the driver and other occupants abandoned it and fled the scene on foot.

One of the suspects, a man in his 20s, remained at the scene and was apprehended by gardai.

Meanwhile, during a routine search of the car, gardai opened the boot and discovered the boy inside.

"He was visibly shaken but not injured," a garda source told Independent.ie tonight.

A man in his 20s was then arrested and is currently being held for questioning at the Finglas Garda Station where he is detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

The investigation is ongoing.

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