An armed gang abandoned a tiger kidnapping plot targeting the family of a security worker after a panic alarm was set off.
The young couple were targeted at their home in the fourth attempted abduction and robbery of its kind in the last month.
Four masked raiders confronted the man at his home in Kilmeade, near Athy, Co Kildare, at 5am on Wednesday while his wife, who is five months pregnant and their two-year-old son were inside.
The security worker, aged in his 30s and an employee of the G4S Cash Solutions company, was leaving for work when the gang struck.
It is understood the man's pregnant wife activated a panic alarm given to employees as part of improved security arrangements. No one was injured in the raid.
A Garda spokesman said the raiders fled on foot when the alarm was set off. A white van which the gang had been using was left at the scene and detectives believe the four men may have been picked up nearby in a getaway car.
It is the fourth attempted tiger kidnapping - three of which have been in the Kildare area. Detectives have been investigating whether one gang is targeting people in the region with links to major cash businesses.
An armed gang held a mother and two daughters hostage on Good Friday when they tried to raid a post office in Prosperous, Co Kildare.
A garda was beaten with shovels and bars after he confronted four masked men at a post office in Cloonfad on the Mayo/Roscommon border earlier this month.
And two days before that, GPO An Post executive Liam O'Sullivan, his wife Mary and two children were held up by at least four armed raiders in their Co Kildare home.