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Saturday 21 October 2017

Crazed thug shocks diners with threat to stab worker

Children watched in horror in a crowded restaurant when a 17-year-old thug stormed into the premises and threatened to stab a staff member.

The shocking incident unfolded at a restaurant in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in west Dublin at around 4.30pm on Wednesday when the suspect, who is well known to gardai, arrived at the premises.

The Ballyfermot teenager walked in and threatened to stab a 27-year-old man who works there.

He claimed that he had a knife in his pocket and the employee ran out the back door of the restaurant when threatened.

It is understood that the teenage suspect then left the restaurant for a few seconds before going back into it and then fleeing.

Sources say that there were around 20 diners in the restaurant including parents who had brought their children for a meal after school.

No-one was injured and a knife was not produced. The intended target of the teenager is also from the Ballyfermot area.

Slice

It is understood that the suspect returned to the restaurant he shouted: "I'll be back later to slice you up."

Last night, the suspect - said to be a "troubled teenager" who is on bail for a number of other offences - had still not been picked up by gardai.

Sources say that he has previously been involved in robbing cars and has even uploaded a video of himself engaged in this activity on his Facebook page.

Gardai have not established a reason for the strange incident.

Sources say that despite two emergency calls being made to gardai, it took officers almost an hour to respond to the incident.

The incident is being investigated by gardai based at Ronanstown Garda Station.

Officers there have been struggling to cope with certain crimes in the locality because of staff shortages and a ban on overtime in the area by garda management.

kfoy@herald.ie

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