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Friday 18 August 2017

Man terrified after bizarre Tallaght carjacking

Gardai are investigating a bizarre carjacking which occurred in Tallaght in which a 52-year-old man was abducted by two criminals who jumped into the vehicle
Gardai are investigating a bizarre carjacking which occurred in Tallaght in which a 52-year-old man was abducted by two criminals who jumped into the vehicle

Gardai are investigating a bizarre carjacking which occurred in Tallaght in which a 52-year-old man was abducted by two criminals who jumped into the vehicle.

The incident happened at around 10.30pm when the victim, who is originally from Britain, pulled into the Deerpark Avenue estate in his blue Peugeot.

He had been intending to visit a pal but, as he drove into the neighbourhood, he pulled over to let another car pass and two men opened his doors and jumped into the car - one in the front seat and the other in the back.

AGGRESSIVE

The duo who are described as being "extremely aggressive" spoke with strong Dublin accents. They were well-built, aged in their 30s, and wore khaki green jackets. The men demanded that he drive his car away from the housing estate and towards a nearby golf course.

However, the quick-thinking driver managed to stall his car at Ballymana Lane in the foothills of the Dublin mountains and escaped the scene on foot.

The Peugeot was then driven away from the scene at speed and had not been recovered by gardai as of last night.

The Herald spoke to the victim yesterday and he asked not to be identified.

The victim has reported that he was forced to drive for a distance towards the mountains, and that he was terrified all along that he would be attacked. When he saw an opportunity to get out of the car he stopped it and bolted away into the garden of a nearby house.

"The man said he was afraid for his life and decided to make a run for it, but when he fled the two men took the car which has not yet been traced," said a source.

Once the two men had left the scene the man asked a local to contact gardai.

locks

He has since had to change the locks on his house because his house keys were in the car that was stolen. It is understood that his phone was also in the stolen car. No weapon was used in the incident and there have been no arrests.

"This man has been left in a very frightended state, gardai are anxious to catch the men who are responsible for this," a senior source said.

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office, the annual total for Kidnapping and related offences rose by 6.3pc to 119 in the 12-month period ending in March 2014.

kfoy@herald.ie

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