Diner boss beaten and robbed on city street
AN Eddie Rockets manager was beaten up and robbed in a mid-morning attack in Dublin.
The employee was attacked by three men who lay in wait for him off Grafton Street.
The man was leaving the South Anne Street restaurant with the bank holiday weekend takings at 11am on Tuesday.
He had been on his way to lodge the money when the first man struck. As he struggled to protect himself a second man then jumped in.
The employee received a number of heavy blows to the ribs, arm and head before the cash was stolen from him.
The two raiders then ran off down South Anne Street.
Gardai said the first man turned right and ran up Dawson Street and across St Stephen's Green. The second man jumped onto the back of a motorbike which gardai say was waiting outside St Ann's Church on the junction with Dawson Street.
The bike was then driven down Dawson Street, right onto Nassau Street, left onto Lincoln Place and into Fenian Street.
Meanwhile, the shocked and injured Eddie Rockets worker was treated at the scene as shoppers looked on in disbelief.
A spokesman for Eddie Rockets did not wish to comment.
Gardai believe the robbery was highly organised and that the two attackers and the getaway rider were in constant contact with each other as their waited for the manager.
The first raider is described as a man of normal build, wearing a navy boilersuit, sleeveless high-vis jacket and a dark beanie hat.
The second man was wearing blue jeans, a sleeveless high-vis jacket and navy baseball hat.
The getaway rider was sitting on the motorbike for about one hour before the raid outside the Church on Dawson St with no helmet on and was wearing a Bluetooth ear piece.
Anyone with any information is being asked to contact Pearse Street on 01 6669000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.