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Hunt for sword raider goes on

GARDAI are still hunting a samurai sword-wielding robber who held up a Dublin service station.

The robber held the weapon up to a shop worker at the southside premises.

The staff member pushed the sword away and pressed the panic alarm while the raider became increasingly agitated.

Gardai were so concerned about the incident at the Esso On The Run store that they broadcast a TV appeal.

However, a spokesman told the Herald today the investigation is continuing.

The raider -- who got away with just €100 -- struck at the shop on the Dublin-bound carriageway of the N11 at Cabinteely. Assistant manager Robert Farrelly (36) was on duty at around 9.30am on Sunday, February 5, when the lone raider struck.

He pulled the sword from his tracksuit bottoms and started waving it around before jabbing Mr Farrelly and demanding money.


"It was shocking. It was first thing on a Sunday morning and it's the last thing you'd expect," said Robert.

"You think people would be coming in looking for the Sunday papers, not waving a sword around.

"I don't know what goes through your head, I just thought I have to do what he says," he added. The raider's face was shown on RTE's Crimecall programme as gardai tried to identify him.