Carjackers strike as woman locks up church gates before they lead gardaí on high-speed chase across capital


A woman is recovering in hospital after she was the victim of a terrifying car theft incident in the capital’s north inner city last night in which she was targeted by two violent criminals.

he 54-year-old woman was locking the gate of a church in the Eccles Street area of the capital at around 8pm when two thugs saw an opportunity.

“This was an opportunistic crime and the unfortunate woman suffered a bad bang to the head in the course of this incident,” a source said.

The woman had left her Mitsubishi car running as she was closing the gate and the criminals got into her vehicle.

The woman attempted to try to stop the duo but ended up falling on the ground and hitting her head.

She was later treated for concussion in hospital after emergency services arrived at the scene.

Meanwhile, her vehicle was driven at speed from the area and a Garda alert was put in place for the vehicle.

It was later spotted by officers in the Inchicore area of the capital’s south inner city at around 10pm and it failed to stop when gardaí tried to intercept it.

A short pursuit began and sources said the car was being driven in a “highly erratic and dangerous fashion” before gardaí were able to catch up with it.

It is alleged that before being arrested one of the suspects produced a knife which was seized by officers.

The two men were detained overnight and are expected to appear in court later.

Sources say that both men are “well known to gardaí” and are suspected of carrying out similar crimes recently.

One of the suspects is a 30-year-old from the Crumlin area and has close links to a man caught with a firearm last year.

He has multiple previous convictions for violent crimes including the unlawful seizure of a car and has served significant jail time.

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