06 August 2011

Home intruder silences woman at Goodna

AN INTRUDER placed his hand over a woman's mouth as she lay terrified in her bed at her Goodna home, police said.

The Criminal Investigation Branch is hunting the man, who entered the victim's Bellevue Rd residence through an unlocked front door early Thursday morning.

Detective Senior Constable Travis Blyth said the woman's husband had just left for work when she woke up and saw the strange man rifling through her bedroom cupboards, about 6am.

"We believe he has gone in with the intention of stealing something," Snr Const Blyth said.

"The woman was in bed and this male has put his glove-covered hand over her mouth to calm her down before hightailing it out of there."

The offence wasn't reported until the 31-year-old woman's English-speaking husband returned home from work – about 10 hours later.

Snr Const Blyth said the victim had recently arrived in Australia from India and did not speak English.

The woman was not physically harmed in the ordeal.

"It was certainly a rude awakening for her and a timely reminder for people to keep their doors locked – even when they are home," Snr Const Blyth said.

No property was taken during the incident.

The offender was wearing a long-sleeved shirt, gloves and a snow hat with a brim and ear flaps.

Anyone with information that could assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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