Woman wakes to find intruder

IT was just after midnight when the 51-year-old Gracemere woman woke to find a stranger standing in the darkness at her bedside.

Her real life nightmare in the early hours of yesterday worsened when the intruder threatened her before demanding personal belongings and cash.

The woman obeyed his demand and handed over some belongings.

In a stroke of luck, the woman's 23-year-old daughter arrived home from work and the intruder fled.

Officer in charge of the Crime Prevention and Investigation Unit Senior Sergeant Paul Elliot said the woman, who was home alone at the time, was very distressed after her frightening ordeal.

“The woman was fortunate her daughter arrived home causing the offender to stop and decamp from the property,” Senior Sergeant Elliot said.

The trespasser is described as being in his mid 30s with dark curly hair and he spoke with an accent. He was wearing shorts and a T-shirt.

The woman was not hurt during the invasion on Gavial-Gracemere Road.

Senior Sergeant Elliot said it was a general warning for residents to be mindful of their property security and to report any suspicious actions to police.

He said at this stage it was unknown to police if the man had fled by foot or by vehicle.

Police are urging anyone with information that may assist investigations to contact Rockhampton Police Station on 49 323 500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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