Monday 19 March 2018

Off-duty garda tackles raiders armed with firearm and machete during robbery

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Robin Schiller

An off-duty garda has been praised for tackling a raider who was armed with a firearm during a robbery in the capital last night..

The terrifying incident took place at approximately 9.20pm in the Supervalue on Braemor Rd, Churchtown in south Dublin.

Two males, with their faces covered entered the shop armed with what is believed to be a firearm and a machete.

The thugs threatened staff with the weapons and demanded cash, before attempting to flee the premises.

However, an off-duty garda who was in the store at the time attempted to prevent the men from escaping. He managed to tackle one of the armed raiders and assisted store security to detain the thug. The other man managed to flee the scene.

The detained criminal , aged in his late 30s and from Dublin's inner-city, has since been brought to Rathfarnham garda station for questioning. He has a number of previous convictions for theft, assault and public order.

A source has praised the off-duty member of An Garda Síochána for his "diligence" in helping shop security tackle an armed criminal.

"Praise has to be given to the off-duty garda who put himself in harm's way, along with store security, to help detain this armed man. Gardaí are currently in the process of tracking the other raider," the source said.

Gardaí have also recovered the two weapons used in the robbery but the second raider- who is still at large- managed to flee with the sum of cash worth approximately €350.

Local TD Josepha Madigan described the incident as "particularly shocking" and praised the work of local gardaí who reacted quickly to the call-out.

"I think it’s particularly shocking to happen on a Thursday evening at 9.20pm in a residential area, with people doing their shopping and going about their business. It is very frightening for the staff and shoppers and I’m just glad nobody was hurt, because it is a very busy area and densely populated.

"Gardaí from Rathfarnham reacted very quickly and apprehended one of the people involved," Ms Madigan said.

The Fine Gael deputy also praised the intervention of the off-duty garda who approached the two armed men.

"He absolutely has to be praised for stepping in, and I hope the staff are receiving due car and attention."

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