Man arrested in connection with Tallaght raid
Gardaí investigating an armed robbery that occurred at an adventure centre on Sunday have arrested a man in relation to the incident.
The man in his 50s was arrested yesterday evening and detained at Tallaght Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.
The man has been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public prosecutions.
Two masked raiders burst into Tallaght Adventure World in the Whitestown Business Park just before closing time at 6pm on Sunday.
One of them was armed with a long-bladed knife while the second man had a metal pole.
A third man waited outside in a blue Ford Fiesta.
Yesterday, owner and local Councillor Dermot Richardson described the drama as it unfolded.
“I was having a coffee with a customer when I heard my son shouting ‘dad, dad, quick, quick’ and when I turned around I could see the two raiders running in,” he told Independent.ie.
“They were wearing balaclavas and the guy with the knife jumped the counter and ran to the office where my nephew Robbie Doyle, who is the manager, was counting the day’s takings.
“I ran down towards the kitchens and I was throwing cups and things at them to try and keep them back, but the knife man got into the office and the other one was standing at the door swinging the pole around.
“The guy in the office was shouting and threatening Robbie, and then went to stab him in the head, but Robbie managed to protect himself and grabbed the knife. The raider then pulled it from his hand leaving Robbie with a gaping wound.
“He has to have surgery this morning on the tendons and muscles in his hand and fingers. It’s a serious injury,” Mr Richardson explained.
The raiders then fled empty-handed and escaped in the Ford Fiesta which was later found burned out in the nearby Killinarden estate.
“There were families and children here at the time. It was very frightening. My biggest concern is for my customers and staff,” said Mr Richardson.
“This is a minority of people who do this kind of thing, and there are plenty of good people in Tallaght, but this will give the area a bad name again, it's such a shame.
“They were in the building for less than a minute, but it was terrifying. I’ve been in business for 11 years and this is very hard to take.