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Knife-wielding man carjacks SUV with baby inside

The thief stopped the vehicle when he realised there was a child in the car.

The Islandbridge gate at the Phoenix Park.
The Islandbridge gate at the Phoenix Park.
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GARDAÍ IN DUBLIN are investigating an incident in which a couple’s car was hijacked with their baby still inside.

It is understood the couple was leaving the Phoenix Park at around 11.15pm last night when they were approached by a man wielding a knife.

Both man and woman were forcibly removed from the car and the man drove off. However, the carjacker did not know there was a child in the back. He stopped the vehicle and ordered the parents to remove the child and then drove off.

A garda spokeswoman said: “Gardaí at Kevin St, Dublin 8, are investigating an incident which occurred at Conyngham Road, Islandbridge at approximately 11.15pm last night.

“An SUV vehicle was exiting the Phoenix Park when a male approached the vehicle and threatened the driver and passenger. The suspect was armed with a knife. Both male and female were pulled from the vehicle. They sustained no injuries. The suspect then drove SUV from scene with a 1 year old child in the back seat. The vehicle was stopped and the suspect ordered injured parties to take child from vehicle.

“No direction of travel. The SUV is still listed as stolen.”

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