GARDAI are investigating two separate incidents in which women were attacked and robbed as they were walking near the city centre.
In one case last Friday evening, a woman was approached from behind as she walked down Davis Street shortly after 6pm.
The woman, who is aged in her fifties, was dragged along the street by the male culprit as he tried to grab her handbag.
“He pulled this lady to the ground and dragged her along the ground causing an injury to one of her fingers,” said a garda spokesman.
The man managed to take the bag off the woman and he fled the area on foot.
The handbag contained a mobile phone, some cash and debit cards.
In a bizarre twist gardai believe the culprit went to the People’s Park where he changed his clothes with the assistance of a female accomplice.
The pair were stopped driving a car on Lord Edward Street a short time later and the man was arrested and charged in connection with the incident.
The second incident happened at 5.30pm on Wednesday April, 11 when a 23-year-old old exchange student was attacked.
Investigating gardai say the woman was walking near the Parkville Court apartment complex on the Dublin Road when a man approached her from behind.
The culprit, who is described as being between 25 and 30 years of age, then grabbed her handbag.
“He had a slim build and black hair. The man was wearing a black tracksuit top with a hood and black tracksuit bottoms,” said a garda spokesman.
The culprit got away with a black handbag, containing a small sum of cash, two Nokia mobile phones and a debit card.
Gardaí from Henry Street are examining CCTV footage as part of their enquiries.