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Wednesday 13 November 2019

Man arrested over 'attempted hijack and needle threats'

Suspect is in garda custody
Suspect is in garda custody

A man was arrested after allegedly crashing a stolen car into a number of parked vehicles and then trying to hijack another one, threatening the driver and later gardai with a syringe.

The man, who is in his mid-30s and from west Dublin, was arrested in Lusk, north Co Dublin, on Friday night.

He is due before court this morning.

Gardai in Lusk were alerted to a car being driven dangerously.

Abandoning

Enquiries established that the registration plate of the car matched one that had been stolen during a burglary in Maynooth the day before.

Local witnesses said the stolen car hit a number of parked vehicles in the Whitethorn Walk area of Lusk.

The driver was then seen abandoning the car and trying to hijack another, threatening the driver with a syringe.

Gardai from Lusk and Balbriggan, with the assistance of the Armed Support Unit, then arrested the suspect who threatened them as well with a syringe.

He was held in custody at Balbriggan Garda Station over the weekend and questioned in connection with the investigation into the violent incidents.

He is due in court today before the Criminal Courts of Justice, where it is expected he will be charged with a number of offences.

No injuries were sustained during the incident.

A garda spokesperson said: "Gardai in Lusk Co Dublin were alerted to an incident of a car driving dangerously in Lusk on Friday, October 25, 2019.

"From enquiries made by investigating gardai, it was established that this car had been stolen during a burglary in Maynooth, Co Kildare, on Thursday, October 24.

"The stolen car crashed into a number of parked cars in the Whitethorn Walk area of Lusk, the driver then abandoned this car and attempted to hijack another car in the area, threatening the driver.

"Gardai from Lusk, Balbriggan and the Armed Support Unit arrested a man in connection with this investigation

"He is being held at Balbriggan Garda Station."

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