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Teenager hijacked the taxi

Teenager hijacked the taxi

Teenager hijacked the taxi

Gardai are hunting for a "little and large" criminal couple who terrorised a driver in the latest robbery of a taxi man in the city.

Officers from Mountjoy Garda Station are investigating the incident that unfolded at Croke Villas in Dublin's north inner city shortly after 1am last Saturday.

COUPLE

The taxi man picked up the couple in a location close to Clarehall Shopping Centre on the northside a few minutes earlier and they asked to be brought to the Ballybough area.

Sources said that the female, who has been described as "very large", sat in the front seat of the can while her male companion who is described as "very thin" got in the back.

When they reached the location, the man put his arm around the taxi driver and held him while the woman demanded to know where his cash was.

The driver, who is from the Malahide area, was then forced to hand out a small quantity of cash from the sun visor of the vehicle.

He was then able to free himself from the grip of the man while the suspects fled.

No weapon was used and no-one was injured in the incident.

The driver, whose 05-reg Nissan Primera was not damaged in the incident, immediately reported the robbery to gardai.

The male is described as being very thin with black hair while the female is described as being of very heavy build with blonde hair. Both had Dublin accents.

Last Saturday morning's robbery was one of a number of incidents in which city taxi drivers were targeted recently.

Shortly before Christmas, a 49-year-old taxi man was stabbed in the face with a scissors after he became the victim of a shocking robbery on the capital's northside.

DRIVER

That incident unfolded shortly after 4am on December 23 when the driver picked up a female fare close to the Northside Shopping Centre in Coolock when she flagged him down and asked to be brought to Cromcastle flats.

When the taxi arrived at the location, the driver was approached by a man who stormed out of the flats and stabbed him twice in the face, wounding his chin and jaw.

kfoy@herald.ie


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