GARDAI have issued a public appeal for information after a young Spanish student was attacked and robbed as he walked home from the city centre last week.
The 21-year-old was walking alone near Athlunkard Boar Club on Bridge Street shortly after 11pm last Thursday when he noticed that he was being followed.
“When he reached the gate of his accommodation at Grove Island, Corbally a man approached him and threatened him that he would be stabbed if he did not hand over his money,” said Sgt Brian Broderick, Henry Street.
However despite his threats the culprit did not produce a weapon when the student resisted.
In fact the student attempted to unlock the gate of his accommodation in an effort to escape but was prevented from doing so by the man who punched him in the head and knocked him to the ground.
The culprit then stole a wallet from him, which contained a sum of cash.
“He also made an unsuccessful attempt to steal the student’s mobile phone,” added Sgt Broderick.
The shocking attack and robbery were witnessed by a security guard who intervened and tried to apprehend the culprit.
He gave chase however the offender managed to flee down a laneway which is located to the side of the accommodation complex before making his escape.
According to investigating gardai, the culprit was wearing a dark hooded jacket with white stripes down the sleeves.
Although not physically injured during the incident, the Spanish student is said to have been very traumatised by his ordeal.
“Anyone who was in the vicinity of Bridge Street or Grove Island between 11pm and 11.30pm last Thursday night and who saw anything suspicious or who has any information about this robbery incident is asked to contact the Mary Street Gardaí at (061) 483870,” said a garda spokesman.
Meanwhile, gardai have secured CCTV from a number of locations the area and are viewing it in an effort to identify the suspect.