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Gardai are still searching for a second suspect in the burglary

Gardai are still searching for a second suspect in the burglary

Gardai are still searching for a second suspect in the burglary

A prolific burglar has been arrested after breaking into a man's home and assaulting him - before cutting his hair.

Gardai are still hunting for a second suspect who remains at large following the bizarre crime in the Carrickmines area of Dublin.

The aggravated burglary happened at 5.15pm last Monday, April 27, when two burglars forced their way into a house on Ballyogan Road.

Two men, aged in their 60s and 20s, were in the house at the time of the break-in.

One of the raiders was armed with a scissors and both victims were threatened before the older man was punched several times.

It is understood the older man's hair was then cut by the burglar armed with the scissors, although he was not stabbed or slashed.

The younger man was then taken from the house and forced into the passenger seat of his own car parked outside.

The burglar then intentionally drove the car into a kerb nearby several times, damaging the vehicle.

Both suspects then fled the scene and gardai were alerted.

Detectives based at Blackrock Garda Station launched an investigation and a suspect was identified. The 23-year-old from the Sandyford area is a suspected serial burglar who is known to gardai in south Dublin.

He was arrested and quizzed about the aggravated burglary before being charged in relation to the incident.

"This individual would be known to gardai since he was only 11 or 12 years old and was quickly identified in this inquiry," a source told the Herald.

"The circumstances surrounding the burglary are unusual and the exact reason for the older male's hair being cut isn't completely clear at this stage.

"Gardai are trying to determine if this was a random incident or a targeted break-in."

The arrested suspect is due to appear before the Dublin District Court this morning.

Gardai are continuing to search for the second suspect.

A spokesman said: "Gardai are appealing for anyone who may have information in relation to this incident to contact them in Blackrock on 01 666 5200 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111."

Meanwhile, a separate investigation is under way into an unrelated assault in north Dublin over the weekend.

A man, aged in his 50s and originally from the Finglas area, was injured after being attacked at an apartment complex on Kilmore Road in Coolock.

Gardai initially received reports of a man being fatally stabbed but when they arrived at the scene they found the victim with non-life-threatening head injuries consistent with a physical assault.

A short time later a man, aged in his 30s and originally from the Artane area, was arrested on suspicion of assault.

It is believed the two men are known to each other.