Longford Gardaí have confirmed they are investigating the stabbing of a Polish man in the Moydow area.
It is believed the man had hitched a lift from Athlone to Longford. He was travelling to Longford to buy a car he had seen on a classified website.
The victim, whose identity was only partially disclosed as 'Merek', got a lift with a young couple who had two children in the back seat.
Merek's friend Linda took to RTÉ Radio One's Liveline programme on Monday to outline what happened.
It is believed he told the couple why he was travelling to Longford.
“He (Merek) stopped a car, it was a family model with a man, woman and two children inside - one was 5-6 months-old in a baby car seat, the other was 7 or 8 years-old,” she said.
“About 15 minutes into the journey, the locks went on in the car,” Linda told RTÉ.
The driver of the white-coloured Nissan veered off the main road and met a second car - a green Audi A6.
When the occupants of the second car approached, Merek threw money at them.
“He said, ‘take my money’, but they proceeded to stab him, with the two children still sitting beside him,” said Linda.
The victim was taken to Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar where he was treated for his injuries.