Off-duty garda tackles armed raider in city robbery
AN off-duty garda has been praised for tackling a man armed with a firearm during a robbery in south Dublin.
Two men, armed with a machete and what is believed to be a gun, were involved in the raid at a SuperValu store in Braemor Road, Churchtown.
The armed robbery took place at around 9.20pm on Thursday.
The thugs, who had their faces covered, threatened staff with the weapons and demanded cash before attempting to flee the premises.
However, an off-duty garda who was in the store at the time attempted to prevent the men from escaping. He managed to tackle one of the armed raiders and assisted store security to detain the thug. The other man managed to flee the scene.
The detained criminal, who is in his late 30s and from Dublin's inner city, was taken to Rathfarnham Garda Station for questioning. He is expected to appear before Dublin District Court this morning.
No one was injured during the robbery but staff are understood to have been left extremely shaken.
A source has praised the off-duty member of An Garda Siochana for his "diligence" in helping shop security tackle an armed criminal.
"Praise has to be given to the off-duty garda who put himself in harm's way, along with store security, to help detain this armed man. Gardai are currently in the process of tracking the other raider," the source said.
Gardai have also recovered the two weapons used in the robbery. The second raider, who is still at large, escaped with less than €400.
Local TD Josepha Madigan described the incident as "particularly shocking" and praised the work of local gardai, who reacted quickly to the call-out.
"I think it's particularly shocking to happen on a Thursday evening at 9.20pm in a residential area, with people doing their shopping and going about their business," she said.
"It is very frightening for the staff and shoppers and I'm just glad nobody was hurt.
"Gardai from Rathfarnham reacted very quickly and apprehended one of the people involved."