A MOTORIST was threatened by thugs wielding knives and a baseball bat before being car-jacked in the fifth such incident in Dublin in a month.
Gardai are investigating the incident, which occurred when the driver was flagged down on Windmill Road in Crumlin shortly before midnight on Saturday.
A man armed with a baseball bat stood in the middle of the road close to Pearse Park forcing the male driver to stop.
It is understood that two other men, one of whom was armed with a knife, then ran from the cover of the park and began demanding money from the motorist who travelling alone.
The man, who was said to have been terrified, told his attackers that he had no money.
The motorist managed to escape without injury, abandoning the car and running to Crumlin Garda station for help.
One of the car-jackers is understood to have run off and the other two men drove off in the car, which is described as a green 99-D registered Ford Fiesta.
Gardai were still searching for the car last night and have appealed to anyone who may have seen the distinctive coloured car to contact them.
This brings the number of car-jacking incidents to six in the past month in Dublin and Wicklow.
A 59-year-old woman was knocked unconscious when she tried to stop her car from being stolen outside her home in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, on April 21.
On May 12, a pregnant woman was injured when the car she was sitting in was hijacked on Mountjoy Square in Dublin.
And, on May 16, a woman and her young children were held up by a man who jumped into her car claiming he was armed with a Taser gun.
The woman was ordered to drive to her house and retrieve bank cards.
She was then forced to return to an ATM in Rathgar and withdraw money.
In the early hours of May 18, a taxi driver was held at knife-point when he picked up a fare in Tallaght and forced to drive to Terenure. The owner was ordered out of the cab and the car drove off. It was later recovered in crashed in Cabra.
On May 19, an elderly German couple were left traumatised after thieves hijacked their car when they stopped at the scene of a crash at Clara Vale in Rathdrum, Co Wicklow.
That incident was the fourth in the space of just 11 days.
The couple, who were on holiday, were dragged from their car by thieves who then drove off at speed. The car involved in the accident had already been stolen and crashed by the suspects.
Gardai have arrested a number of people in connection with the incidents, which are not believed to be connected. Three men are currently before the courts on related charges.
Gardai at Crumlin station have appealed for anyone with information about the incident on Saturday night to contact them on 01 666 6200.