A violent criminal who is out on bail was being questioned last night by gardai about a vicious daylight armed robbery in which two elderly men were injured.
The 26-year-old Ballymun thug was detained at Clontarf Garda Station after being arrested by heavily armed members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) yesterday evening.
The arrest happened just hours after the incident on the Malahide Road at 12.30pm when a male pensioner (76) was attacked in the driveway of his home and had his car keys stolen.
Another man, aged 78, witnessed the incident and came to the elderly man's aid but was also assaulted.
The shocking attack took place near the busy junction with Copeland Avenue.
The suspect drove from the scene in the injured man's car, crashing into the boundary wall with the neighbouring property as he did so.
Gardai were quickly alerted to the situation and the car was traced to a property in the Dolmen Court estate in Ballymun.
However, such were the fears that the suspected offender who is a chronic drug addict was armed with a firearm that the ERU were drafted to deal with the situation.
He resisted arrest for a time and witnesses said he threw items at gardai from a window of the house.
The suspect was then arrested and the stolen car, a silver Mercedes, was located on nearby Balbutcher Lane.
The Herald can reveal that the arrested man appeared in court recently where he was remanded on continuing bail in relation to an armed raid in which it is alleged shots were fired from a sawn-off gun.
He has also been involved in a bitter localised feud in the Ballymun area in which shots were fired at the home of a former associate of the gangster after he was accused of being a garda informer.
The victim of that shooting attack has close links to notorious hood Thomas 'Nicky' McConnell.
'Nicky' has 82 previous convictions including for threatening to kill a woman, drugs, criminal damage, road traffic and possession of firearms.
Earlier this week it is understood that 'Nicky' was summoned to a meeting by INLA thugs after a number of his associates were arrested by gardai.
Sources say that "custody is the safest place to be" for the Ballymun man who was arrested over the Clontarf incident.