Couple terrified by enraged garden fork-swinging invader

A HODGSON Vale couple awoke to a "real-life horror movie" when a man swinging a garden fork smashed in their front door and demanded their car keys.

The husband, who did not wish to be named, recounted the terrifying experience just hours after the attack yesterday.

His wife was sitting in the lounge room at the front of the Pendoma Dr house when an enraged man destroyed the glass front door with a garden fork about 6.50am.

The tool-turned-weapon was stolen from the couple's manicured garden.

"I was still in bed. I woke up to my wife screaming at me to call the police," he said.

"He was after the keys to the ute so he could make a getaway.

"What he was trying to get away from, I don't know."

Damage caused at Pendoma Dr in Hodgson Vale when a man armed with a garden fork smashed a home's glass door and demanded the keys to a couple's utility. The car was recovered in McGregor St in Wilsonton a short while later.
Damage caused at Pendoma Dr in Hodgson Vale when a man armed with a garden fork smashed a home's glass door and demanded the keys to a couple's utility. The car was recovered in McGregor St in Wilsonton a short while later. Chris Calcino

The couple were terrified but complied with the enraged man when he threatened violence against the husband and his pet dog with the garden fork.

"I just let him take the ute," the husband said.

"It's a terrifying experience to be threatened in your own home.

"It was like a real-life horror movie."

Police were immediately called and sent out search teams to locate the home invader.

The stolen vehicle was found abandoned at a McGregor St apartment complex about 8am.

Police on-scene in McGregor St, where a stolen car was dumped after a home invasion yesterday morning.
Police on-scene in McGregor St, where a stolen car was dumped after a home invasion yesterday morning. Kevin Farmer

The dog squad picked up the suspect's scent and eventually tracked him to a construction site behind Coles in Wilsonton.

A 28-year-old man was yesterday charged with a range of offences, including deprivation of liberty, robbery and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

He is due to front Toowoomba Magistrates Court today.

The victims spent yesterday cleaning up shattered glass and recovering from the ordeal.

"I'm a bit of a wreck at the moment," the husband said.

The stolen utility was "a bit worse for wear" but had been returned to its owner yesterday.



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