Caught on film: moment Viper tries to resist arrest in jeweller's
THESE are the dramatic scenes that show Martin 'The Viper' Foley trying to escape arrest in a city centre jewellery shop.
The career criminal made several attempts to flee a jeweller's in Dublin's Ilac Centre before he was held down and detained on Monday afternoon. It took four people to restrain veteran criminal Foley (64) in the store before gardai took him away for questioning.
At one point in the footage, the Dublin man is held against a glass display case by the upper body. While wearing handcuffs, he makes several unsuccessful attempts to run for the exit door even after the shutters were closed half way down by the terrified co-owner of the shop.
Eventually he is forced to the floor and was then subsequently arrested by gardai from Store Street Station.
An accomplice of The Viper was also arrested at the scene. Both men can be clearly seen on the video footage struggling with security guards and gardai.
A witness told the Herald that the notorious criminal could be heard from outside the store calling out for help during the struggle.
The episode unfolded in the jewellery shop over an alleged disagreement with the respected business owners over a ring and a pendant. The jewellery has an estimated value of around €3,000.
It is believed that the items may have belonged to Foley's ex-partner.
In a bizarre twist, however, the shop became the victim of a scam when a man purchased the ring with a credit card which never cleared for payment.
The couple who own the jewellery store have run their business in the Ilac Centre for three years. They were described last night as ordinary decent business people who were merely trying to make a living.
Gardai are investigating the events leading up to Monday's shocking incident.
It is understood that 'The Viper' made a series of threatening phone calls, including death threats, against the man and his family.
On Monday the criminal, who has more than 40 convictions, arrived at the centre and entered the store several times with an accomplice when the female owner of the store was working alone.
Shortly before lunchtime, the owner locked the shop and was followed by the pair to a coffee shop in the busy shopping mall.
According to a source, Foley made a series of threats towards the co-owner of the store while they were there.
After the shocking ordeal, the woman was taken away in an ambulance and treated for shock.
In a dramatic twist yesterday morning, Foley was rushed to hospital during questioning when he complained of heart problems at Store Street Garda Station.
He was transferred to the Mater hospital where he remained in garda custody as he was being examined yesterday evening.
The 37-year-old man arrested along with Foley was released without charge yesterday.
'The Viper' is one of Ireland's most notorious criminals and he has been shot on four separate occasions and has had at least 14 bullet wounds in his body.
He had been feuding with the gang led by freed drugs trafficker John Gilligan in the 1990's which led to many of the attempts on his life.
In the last major attack on his life, he was shot numerous times in broad daylight in Dublin in January 2008.
The gun attack left Foley fighting for his life under armed guard in a private hospital ward at St James's Hospital for a number of weeks, but he made a full recovery and even went on to become an avid devotee of Bikram yoga.
That botched murder attempt was carried out by close associates of 'Fat Freddie' Thompson and sanctioned by international crime lord Christy Kinahan.
Foley who married his long- term partner Sonia Doyle in 2013 and had a child with her last January remains a major target for the Criminal Assets Bureau.
In August 2012, Foley became involved in a short-term feud with the criminal nicknamed the 'Little General' who was given a severe hiding by a cage fighter after an associate of Foley's blamed him for damaging a car.
Just hours after 'Little General' Glen Keegan was given a bad beating, a gang of thugs were involved in a reckless attack on Foley's home at Cashel Avenue, Crumlin.
Since that time, Foley has been involved in a number of uncharacteristic incidents, including acting as a peacemaker after a brutal brawl broke out on the street he lives on last October.
Last October, Foley spoke of his anger in an interview with the Herald after his wedding ring was seized by Revenue officials during a dawn raid on his home in relation to an unpaid tax bill of almost €1m.
How the events unfolded
1. The first CCTV image shows Martin 'The Viper' Foley entering the jeweller's shop in the Ilac Centre more than an hour before his arrest on Monday. It is believed he visited the store on the city's northside several times that day.
2. The second image shows a restrained Foley standing in the middle of the shop floor.
3 and 4. Foley is approached by a man and, in the next still, the man can be seen holding the former gangster against the glass display case.
5. Foley (right) can be seen making a break for the exit. He is tackled by two men and held inside the entrance. A terrified woman looks on as the struggle continues.
6. The career criminal is eventually tackled to the floor by several individuals. His attempts to flee arrest last only a minute or so.