GARDAI are hunting up to seven men after a gang handcuffed a 14-year-old in an attempted tiger raid.
The suspects are being sought by serious crime detectives following the botched raid at the Crumlin home of a cash company manager last Sunday.
One of the gang held a gun to a father's head as his petrified son -- handcuffed to his dad -- looked on in horror.
The gang also threatened the man's wife and two young daughters, aged five and 10 years, at gunpoint before an observant member of the public spotted the raiders terrorising the family.
A garda source hailed the man as a "hero" for his quick action in a tense situation.
The Chubb manager and his hysterical son were handcuffed together until gardai arrived with a set of bolt cutters.
The armed gang is now on the run after their attempt plan was thwarted when a passerby spotted the kidnappers entering the young family's home.
The target of the attack was a senior manager of leading security firm Chubb.
The ruthless gang had planned to hold his wife and three children at gunpoint until he emptied the company's vault of cash.
Both he and his family are said to "extremely traumatised" and are recovering as a family today.
Their ordeal began at 6.20pm on Sunday when two men banged on their front door at Windmill Crescent in the south Dublin suburb of Crumlin.
The Chubb manager opened the door and was bundled inside. Following a scuffle in the hallway, they clamped handcuffs on the man and his 14-year-old son, pointing a gun at the man's head.
As local patrol cars and armed detectives from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation sped to the scene and ran up the driveway, the raiders fled through the rear and jumped over a wall into waste ground nearby.
The gang attempted to burn out their 4x4 vehicle about half a mile away from the scene at Hughes Road South, but it was quickly spotted by gardai.
Last night, gardai appealed to witnesses who may have spotted anything to contact them on 1800 666111.