Couple attacked following online car scam
BRAY MAN ATTACKED WITH A HAMMER WHILE ATTEMPTING TO BUY CAR
A 24 year-old Bray man and his girlfriend were subjected to a terrifying ordeal when they were attacked by a gang of three men armed with a hammer and an imitation firearm in Rush.
The couple had turned up with the intention of purchasing a car which they had found online for €7,500, however, when they arrived at the agreed spot they were confronted by the three men who were waiting in a blacked out Volvo and proceeded to pin them into a cul-de-sac.
A man approached the couple’s car and a scuffle ensued when he tried to remove the keys from the ignition.
The Bray man was savagely beaten with a hammer and had to receive treatment for a fractured eye socket at Beaumount Hospital.
The man’s girlfriend received minor injuries and managed to escape, throwing the bag of cash that they had brought to purchase the car over a nearby wall.
Lusk Gardaí are currently investigating the matter and CCTV footage which was taken at the scene has been downloaded and is being reviewed at Balbriggan Garda Station.
A Garda spokesman warned people to be wary when using internet trading sites to buy and sell goods.
They urged the public to always beware of scammers and avoid putting themselves into vulnerable situations with strangers.
A 24 year-old Bray man and his girlfriend were subjected to a terrifying ordeal as they were attacked by a three man-gang armed with an imitation firearm and a hammer in Rush, Co Dublin.
The gang were attempting to steal cash from the couple who had innocently intended to buy a car from them.
The three men were carrying out a violent scam on the Bray man and his girlfriend, who thought they were meeting the men to complete a car deal after the gang advertised online that they had a Toyota Landcruiser for sale.
The victim and his girlfriend, answered the ad and arranged to meet the gang in Rush last Tuesday night. They carried €7,500 cash in a bag with them, to purchase the vehicle.
But when the couple reached the meeting point at South Shore Road in Rush, the gang were waiting, not in a Landcruiser, but in a blacked out Volvo which they used to pin the couple into a cul-de-sac.
A male, described as being of large build, in his early 20s, speaking with a Dublin accent and 5ft 10” in height, got out of the Volvo and approached the young couple.
He was wearing a scarf around his mouth and was dressed completely in black and when he reached the couple’s car, he got into a scuffle with the man from Bray, as he tried to take the keys out of the ignition of the car.
In the scuffles that ensued, the Bray man’s girlfriend received minor injuries before a second gang member got out of the Volvo and got involved in the altercation.
He was carrying what looked like a firearm and a hammer.
The man from Bray was dragged away from his car and was hit a number of times in the head with the hammer.
The second attacker is described as having a slim face, being small in stature at around 5ft 8”, with a Dublin accent and wearing a black and red top.
At that point, a third male, described as ‘chubby’ and wearing a grey tracksuit, got out of the Volvo and entered the fray but the Bray man managed to wriggle free and climb over a wall.
His quick-thinking girlfriend, who was also out of the car at this point, threw the cash they brought to the scene, over the same wall.
The three man gang then fled the scene shedding the key to the couple’s car and the imitation firearm close by, where both items were later recovered by gardaí.
The man from Bray was taken to Beaumont Hospital where he was treated for a ‘cracked eye socket’.
He was released from hospital the following afternoon.
Gardaí have warned people using internet trading sites to buy or sell goods to be careful of scammers and avoid putting themselves in vulnerable situations with strangers.
Lusk Gardaí are investigating the incident and CCTV footage of the scene has been downloaded and is being reviewed at Balbriggan Garda Station.