Sunday 22 April 2018

Three teens arrested after crime spree involving taxi driver attack and armed robbery

The two young men are reported to have been picked up here on Church Street, Athlone (Photo: Google Maps)
The two young men are reported to have been picked up here on Church Street, Athlone (Photo: Google Maps)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Gardai have arrested three young men in connection with a crime spree that involved threatening and stabbing an elderly taxi driver and assaulting and threatening an elderly shop keeper with a firearm.

Both men were hospitalised after the incidents.

The three men, all aged in their late teens, are believed to be connected to the two incidents which took place in the vicinity of Athlone, Co Westmeath yesterday.

At approximately 1.30am a male taxi driver, in his seventies, was threatened and assaulted after he picked up two men on Church Street and drove to Bloomfield Drive.

He sustained a number of stab wounds in the incident.

The two men fled the scene on foot with a small amount of cash.

The injured taxi driver was taken to Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe and has since been discharged.

Meanwhile, at approximately 5.45pm, three young men entered a shop on Ballymahon Road. The men, armed with a firearm and an iron bar, threatened and assaulted the shopkeeper, another man aged in his seventies.

They fled the scene on foot empty-handed.

The injured man was taken to Portiuncula Hospital where he was treated for head injuries. He was also later discharged.

All three men are currently being held in Athlone Garda Station.

Two of the men are detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, while the third is detained under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal for anyone with information to contact Athlone Garda Station 090-6498550 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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