Thursday 23 November 2017

Two more men arrested after violent Athlone crime spree

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)

Cormac Fitzgerald

Two more men have been arrested in connection with a crime spree that involved threatening and stabbing an elderly taxi driver and assaulting and threatening an elderly shopkeeper with a firearm.

One of the teenagers was arrested last night, while the other teenager was arrested in the early hours of this morning.

They were both conveyed to Athlone Garda Station and are detained under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939.

In total, five men are currently being held at Athlone Garda Station in relation to the incident.

Three men, all in their late teens, were previously arrested in relation to the incident. One has since been released but two others are still in Garda custody.

At around 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.

Read more: Taxi driver granddad 'may never work again' after he is stabbed up to 30 times 

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 around 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.

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