A MAN went on a rampage on Limerick city’s streets this Wednesday morning - terrifying women as they made their way to work before 8am.
The man, who is believed to be in his early 30s, was arrested outside a cafe on O’Connell Street after terrorising people for about a half hour, before being apprehended by gardai.
Eye-witness Jerome O’Connell, who called 999 at 7.55am and also called the gardai on his way to work, said he first observed the man walking up Mallow Street, where he was kicking in windows and doors.
Prior to this, he had overturned tables and chairs outside the Glen Tavern, and also broken a number of windows of the premises, which has recently been renovated.
“At the junction of Mallow Street and O’Connell Street, he made a dash across the road, and lunged at a woman. He was roaring at her, and she ran off screaming down the street,” he said.
As a number of bystanders called gardai, he attempted to punch another woman on Glentworth Street, who also fortunately made her escape.
On the same street, he also attempted to throw a barrel though the window of Tom & Jerry’s pub, but was unsuccessful.
A motorist stopped his car in the middle of the road, and attempted to challenge the man, but he continued undeterred.
On O’Connell Street he attempted to knock a woman off her bike, but she managed to swerve out onto the road, luckily avoiding other road traffic.
Further down the street, he punched a number of males, “swinging wildly” at them.
As he approached a fourth woman outside a cafe, three gardai arrived at the scene and tackled him to the ground.