Cou­ple at­tacked fol­low­ing on­line car scam

BRAY MAN AT­TACKED WITH A HAM­MER WHILE AT­TEMPT­ING TO BUY CAR

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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.

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