Young mother attacked by car hijacker while with son, 5, at St James' Hospital

A young mother was injured after being attacked by a car hijacker while with her son at St James' Hospital.

The woman was approached by a man shortly after 6pm in the hospital car park as she walked to her car with her son.

The attacker demanded she hand over the keys, after she resisted she was knocked to the ground and suffered injuries to her hand and knee.

The child was not harmed during the incident.

After hijacking the car, the man drove off before crashing into another vehicle and then hitting a security barrier.

Gardai later found the car burnt out on Bonham Street in Dublin 8.

Shortly before this incident a man had attempted to hijack a separate car in the underground car park after getting the keys off another woman but was unable to start the car.

Gardai confirmed they are investigating the incident but no arrests have been made.

A garda spokespeson said: "Gardaí at Kilmainham in Dublin are investigating an incident which occurred in the grounds of St James Hospital, Dublin 8 at approximately 6.25pm on Sunday, 7th October 2018.

"A female injured party (accompanied by her 5-year-old son) was approached by an unknown male who demanded the keys of her car, a struggle ensued and the injured party was knocked to the ground suffering minor injury to her hand and knee.

"The child was unharmed. The suspect drove off in her car, colliding with another car and then crashing into a security barrier. The car was later found burnt out on Bonham St, Dublin 8.

"A few minutes before the above incident at the same location, a female injured party was approached in the underground car park of the Hospital. A male suspect demanded the keys of her car, the male was unable to start the car and left the scene."

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