Knife-wielding man beaten up by 'target' in bizarre attack outside Dublin pub
A criminal was hospitalised after attempting to attack a man with a knife outside a South Dublin pub.
Armed and uniformed gardai rushed to the Crumlin pub after getting reports of a man with a knife threatening another person.
"It was a fairly bizarre situation; this individual armed with the knife appeared heavily intoxicated and was calling out the other man," a source said.
"People tried to calm him down but he wasn't having any of it.
"The man he was threatening eventually had enough and approached him, taking the knife off him while giving him a bit of a beating for his troubles."
The bizarre incident happened shortly after 3pm on August 21, as detectives were carrying out door-to-door inquiries on nearby Stannaway Road, where a man had been shot just hours beforehand.
Due to the number of units in the area investigating the non-fatal shooting of Jason Kearns (30), as well as the pub being near Crumlin garda station, officers flooded the area within minutes of the call-out.
The knifeman, who is aged in his 40s and is a criminal from the Crumlin area, is well-known to gardai for a litany of minor offences. However, he is not considered a major criminal.
It is understood that a dispute between two men led to the local criminal arriving at the scene armed with a knife and threatening a man who had been in the pub.
The man being threatened attempted to calm the situation.
Eventually the knife-wielding man was disarmed and then assaulted by the man he had been threatening.
Gardai arrived on the scene and treated the man for head injuries, before an ambulance arrived and transferred him to hospital. He was brought at St James's Hospital and was later discharged.
Officers from Crumlin garda station are investigating the incident, but no arrests have yet been made.