Sheriff Street: Witness describes ‘disturbing’ scenes following attempted child abduction in Dublin

Sheriff Street: Witness describes ‘disturbing’ scenes following attempted child abduction in Dublin
Sheriff Street: Witness describes ‘disturbing’ scenes following attempted child abduction in Dublin

“I had just come back from work and went outside for a smoke when I heard someone screaming for help,” she said.

The young woman, who did not want to be named, said she heard screaming across the road from her on Sheriff Street that alerted her to the fact something was wrong.

“I had just come back from work and went outside for a smoke when I heard someone screaming for help,” she said.

“It was a girl, I know her, she’s actually the same age as me and I ran over to her. She was shouting, ‘ah, that man, he’s after trying to take my baby, help, help’.

“I know the lady, she’s in her 20s,” she explained.

“She lives across the road from me and on Sheriff Street you have these little gardens. “She had just put her bags in the door and turned around and your man was leading (the child) out of the garden by the hand.”

The witness said the child was aged around one-years-old.

The witness also described how a woman went after the man “with a sweeping brush and actually cracked him over the head with it.”

The witness said the mother “was banging on her neighbor’s door and window but there was nobody there, that’s when I ran over.”

“One of my friends came around the corner and he stopped the man. But there was something wrong with him. He was shouting, ‘someday you’ll all understand why I wanted to take that child’. He was laughing and saying, ‘hit me harder’, it was very, very disturbing to see.”

A man is being quizzed by gardaí following the incident that occurred shortly after midday close to the North Wall Women’s Centre.

Gardaí said officers from Store Street responded to an incident in the Sheriff Street area of ​​Dublin 1 shortly after 12 noon.

“A man, aged in his late 20s, was arrested at the scene for an alleged offense under the Non-Fatal Offenses Against the Person Act, 1997,” gardaí said.

“(He) is currently detained at a garda station in the Dublin Region under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.”

They added: “An Garda Síochána is currently investigating and verifying the details of this incident.”

Local Cllr Nial Ring said he had been talking to people in Sheriff Street where locals came to the rescue of a child, “who was taken from a pram when the mother went back into her house to get something.”

“A local man saw the incident and a few locals then confronted the abductor,” Cllr Ring said.

“Gardaí were on the scene in minutes.”

He added: “This is every parent’s worst nightmare. But thanks to the vigilance of the local people there, something horrendous was prevented.”

Mark Fay, who is a local area representative for the Sheriff Street area, described the incident as “truly shocking.”

“It was a couple of local guys who spotted this man and it was them who got the child back,” he said.

“The gardaí were there fairly promptly. It was a good outcome, not a good incident but a good outcome.

“This happened in the middle of the day, in broad daylight,” he added. “Sheriff Street is a small place and everybody knows everybody.

“It’s a close-knit community so these lads knew straight away something was wrong when they spotted your man with the child and they moved immediately.

Mr Fay said the suspect was confronted by a number of local men.

“A couple of the local women from the center came out too but as I said the police were there and they got a hold of him.

“The man [the suspect] is not a local man and he seemed to be ranting and raving, urging the people to attack him so he could go to jail.

“If it wasn’t for those two lads, God knows what might have happened.”

 
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