Woman assaulted and gardaí threatened with knives in Athlone

An Athlone man has been arrested after allegedly threatening gardaí with two knives and assaulting a woman last night.

At about 1.20am, officers were attending a call in the Willow Park when the 21-year-old allegedly threatened the officers with a knife before they withdrew for their own safety.

A short time later, it’s claimed he assaulted a woman in the estate and escaped in a car at speed.

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Gardaí pursued him and the assailant’s vehicle eventually broke down on the M6, going eastbound.

He again allegedly threatened officers with a knife, but was later subdued after more gardaí were called to the scene.

He is currently being detained in Athlone Garda Station.

Andrew Haran is a sergeant in the station.