Tuesday 20 August 2019

Woman in shock after she was threatened with knife in attempted car-jacking

Lazer helped to track suspect
Lazer helped to track suspect

Ralph Riegel

A woman was left traumatised after a man threatened her with a knife in an attempted car-jacking.

The 40-year-old woman was driving home in Douglas in Cork at around 11.10pm on Tuesday and was stopped at traffic lights when she was suddenly approached by the man.

He then tried to open the driver-side door of the car.

He was armed with a knife and ordered her out of the vehicle.

However, the traffic lights suddenly changed before the frightened motorist could comply.

With heavy passing traffic from the nearby European Parliament Ireland South election count centre, the man panicked before he could get into the car.

He then fled the scene on foot.

The shocked woman was able to raise the alarm.

She was comforted by pedestrians and passing motorists who immediately came to her aid.

She was unharmed in the incident, but was left deeply shocked.

Gardaí were on the scene within minutes.

Locals at the scene who came to the woman's aid were able to direct gardaí in the general direction in which the suspect had fled. Thanks to a Garda dog named Lazer, officers were quickly able to find and arrest the suspect.

He was found hiding in a ditch in the Willow Park area of Douglas.

He was detained after a short struggle with gardaí.

The man, who is aged in his 20s, was arrested and was being questioned at Togher garda station last night under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

He is due to appear before Cork District Court this morning, charged in connection with the case.

"This was a nasty type of incident and left the female motorist involved very upset," a Garda source said.

"Great credit is due to the members involved who were at the scene so quickly and to Garda dog Lazer for leading his handlers directly to the suspect."

Gardaí stressed that the type incident was "very rare" in the area.

Irish Independent

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