'There was blood all over the floor' - shop worker slashed by crazed knifeman during robbery
Shoppers watched in horror as a newsagent employee was slashed repeatedly with a knife in a raid on a Dublin grocery store.
A young man working at a checkout bravely resisted a knife-weilding thug who inflicted several wounds on his hands before stealing cash from the register.
The robbery happened at the Eurospar shop on Ballymun Road in Glasnevin shortly before 7pm on Tuesday.
A 33-year-old woman was being served by the brave shop assistant when he was attacked.
"It was terrifying. There was blood all over the floor," the mum-of-one told the Herald.
"The robber was a tall man wearing a black hoodie. He was standing very close to me as I was being served.
"As soon as the young assistant opened the till, the guy reached over with a knife and began cutting the young man's hands.
"The robber never said a word. He just kept slashing at the young man's hands. I was screaming at the top of my voice. He grabbed money from the drawer and the young man chased him out of the shop.
"That young man was so brave. He could be anybody's son. There were a lot of elderly people in the shop and they were just shocked."
A senior member of staff declined to comment last night.
Separately gardai have arrested three suspects and are questioning them about a spate of armed robberies that have happened on Dublin's southside in recent weeks.
One of the men is a 26-year-old career criminal from Crumlin who previously had his testicles set on fire by a gang who also super-glued his eye lashes together over a drugs debt in 2011.
This suspect's younger brother was also arrested in yesterday morning's garda operation along with a close associate of the siblings. The trio were being questioned at Crumlin Garda Station.
They were being quizzed about seven separate robberies that have happened in the Crumlin, Terenure and Rathfarnham areas in recent weeks.
It is understood that four shops, two petrol stations and a bookies have been targeted.
"The modus operandi for all these crimes is very similar. The raiders entered the businesses armed with knives and sticks and threatened staff," a source said.
"They demanded the contents of the till and escaped with sums ranging from €150 to €600 in each case."
The arrested men are aged between 27 and 19 and sources said that gardai are hopeful of pressing charges in the case.
Meanwhile, a surge in retail crime has seen 90pc of retailers become the victim of shoplifting in the last 12 months.