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Man arrested after failed abduction of woman in her 60s in Dublin

The incident happened yesterday morning.

The Martin Grove area of Blackhorse Avenue.
The Martin Grove area of Blackhorse Avenue.
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GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED a man after an attempted abduction incident in Dublin yesterday morning.

A woman in her 60s was approached by a man who attempted to force her into the boot of a car parked in the Martin Grove in Dublin 7 area at around 7.30am.

The woman managed to flee the scene and the car drove away towards the city centre.

Gardaí launched a manhunt for the suspect and today said they had made an arrest in the matter. 

The 20-year-old man was arrested earlier today.

A spokeswoman said: “He is currently being detained at Blanchardstown Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act (1984) on suspicion of offence of false imprisonment contrary to Section 15 of Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act (1997).”

Gardaí said that they have also seized a vehicle of interest and that it is subject to a forensic examination.

Gardaí are keen to speak with anyone who was in the vicinity of Blackhorse Avenue between 6am and 8am today who may have information about this incident or drivers with dashcam footage. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01 666 7000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

This article had been updated to reflect an updated statement from gardaí that clarified the age of the suspect.

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