A mother was attacked and robbed at her Dublin home by a vicious gang wielding a hatchet and a knife.
The 33-year-old Chinese woman had just returned home from bringing two children to school when she was attacked at the front door of the house at Belfry estate in Citywest in Dublin at 7.50am yesterday.
The woman - named locally as Ms Ying Yu - is the manager of two Chinese restaurants in the Tallaght area.
Five thugs forced her into the house and Ms Yu was made to hand over around €35,000 in cash.
She was assaulted by the men but did not require medical treatment.
This is the third aggravated burglary at the homes of Chinese restaurant managers in the past nine days, following similar crimes in Dundalk and Castleblaney.
However, gardai do not believe that the five men are linked to the gangs who carried out the other robberies.
The thugs, wearing hoodies and tracksuits, also stole her mobile phone and escaped in her white 2013 BMW car.
A 40-year-old mother-of-three who lives near the victim told the Herald: "I saw the guys outside her house and I thought it was unusual because they weren't Chinese.
"I was driving to work but I turned my car around to get a closer look at them. I saw them driving off in her car.
"She came out of the house and she was shivering and shaking. She told me they took her phone and she asked for help to contact the gardai.
"Two men walking their dogs phoned the police," she said.
A 36-year-old man who lives nearby said: "I could hear people talking loudly outside after it happened. I saw the woman and asked if she needed help. She looked very shocked.
"She is a very nice person and a really good neighbour. Nothing like this has ever happened here before."
Another woman told the Herald: "At around 7.20am, I was on my way to work when I saw five guys wearing hoodies standing outside the school up the road. They looked suspicious to me. But I was surprised to hear about the robbery."
Another man said his wife telephoned the gardai because she noticed five youths were acting suspiciously in the area.
The car was found 3km away in the Glenshane area of Tallaght. In a follow-up search, a 17-year-old male was arrested and was being questioned last night at Tallaght garda station. No money has been recovered.
The incident happened just one day after three raiders forced their way into the home of Chinese restaurant owner Tim Wan in Dundalk, locking two children in a cupboard and stealing around €3,000.
And on last Sunday week, the Lin family were terrorised by a gang who forced their way into their home in Castleblaney in Co Monaghan. The gang escaped with several thousand euro in cash.
Gardai believe that gangs are targeting restaurateurs.
The thugs behind the latest attack are believed to be based in the Tallaght/Clondalkin area.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact them at Tallaght garda station at 01 6666000 or on 1800 666111.