The shocking aggravated burglary at Belfry Gardens last week appears to be the latest in a spat of near identical incidences in the North East this year.
Worryingly for the Asian community, it is the third such attack against the owners of Chinese restaurants, all of which were families targeted in the their homes.
In the latest incident at Belfry Gardens, raiders broke into the house just off the Avenue Road, at 8pm and threatened Mr Tim Wan, his wife and three children who were in the house at the time.
The raiders forcibly entered the house after brazenly calling to the front door.
One of the children was a ten-year-old neighbour who was taken from the upstairs bedrooms along with Mr Wan’s 16 year old son and twelve year old daughter.
Meanwhile the Mr Wan and his wife Doris were taken upstairs and forced to hand over money.
Yet, shocking as the attack is, it not the first of its kind in the area.
Just down the road in Castleblayney, two Asian families have been attacked in the space of a year.
The first attack occured in January 12 of this year, and was eerily similiar to last week’s attack. In both incidences children were locked into cupboards during traumatic burglaries.
Two men entered the home of a local restaurant manager in Castleblayney at approximately 9.30pm on a Sunday evening.
The men assaulted and threatened the restaurant manager and his family, which included his wife and two young children; a girl and a boy.
The children were locked in a cupboard during the traumatic attack.
The criminals demanded cash and threatened to kill the man and his family, before ransacking the house.
Then just a number of weeks ago criminals struck in another near identical attack.
A gang of four men targeted the house at Killycard Castleblayney which was occupied at the time by two women and four children .
The incident occurred again on a Sunday at approximately 5.30pm when four men entered a house at Killycard and threatened the terrified occupants.
One woman suffered head injuries during the incident and received treatment at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.
All three attacks happened on a Sunday evening and all were perpetrated against Chinese restaurant owners.
The Democrat understands that at least one of the men had a Northern Irish accent and all were wearing balaclavas during the attack.
Investigations are still going on into the case but as of yet no arrests have been made.
Investigating officers are appealing to anyone who may have information to contact Dundalk Garda Station on 042-9388400, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.