Gardai arrest 20-year-old man in connection with attempted abduction of woman out walking
Gardai have arrested a man in connection with the suspected abduction of a woman in her 60s yesterday.
The 20-year-old man is being questioned at Blanchardstown Garda Station over the incident which happened near Blackhorse Avenue, in Ashtown in Dublin, at 7.30am yesterday as the victim was out walking.
Gardai have also set-up checkpoints in the area to question motorists about the incident.
According to reports, investigators are also carrying out a forensic examination of a car.
The attacker, who is described as wearing a white T-shirt and dark trousers, grabbed the woman and forced her into the boot of his car.
The woman managed to keep her legs out, which prevented the assailant from closing the boot.
He then tried to drag the woman out and attempted to force her into the back seat of the car.
The woman’s screams were heard by people nearby and a motorist stopped.
The attacker then threw the woman against a wall, got into the silver saloon car and drove away.
“This is an extremely serious incident where a suspect nearly succeeded in dragging the woman into his car,” Gardai said.
“Thanks to this lady’s quick actions and those of the passer-by a more serious offence was prevented.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01 6667000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.