Police outside the Schwartz. Picture: Monique Harmer
Police outside the Schwartz. Picture: Monique Harmer

‘Muscular’ intruder dies after scuffle with resident

A BAREFOOT burglar died in a confrontation with a Sydney father who found the man in his house early yesterday just metres from his wife and baby daughter.

Police said family man Johan Schwartz, 44, woke to the sound of his dogs barking at his Harrington Park home about 7.30am and went downstairs to find the 35-year-old intruder, who police described as "muscular", standing inside his living room.

Mr Schwarz's wife called to neighbours who ran into the house and began CPR on the man. Paramedics were also called but the intruder could not be revived.

Mr Schwartz, a business analyst known to neighbours as Francois, accompanied detectives to Narellan police station.

Following more than 10 hours of questioning, he was released without charge "pending further inquiries''.

Camden Police Chief Inspector Shane Woolbank said Mr Schwartz was "affected" by the confrontation but was co-operating fully with police.

"People are entitled to (defend) their home, they're entitled to use reasonable force to protect themselves and their property," he said.

The Schwartz family.
The Schwartz family.

"The autopsy will determine hopefully his cause of death, which will be a significant factor in where we take this investigation. Like any incident that involves the death of a person, it has affected (Mr Schwartz) but he is co-operating.

"His wife and young child were at home, however they have been spoken to and are in   the care of friends and relatives­."

Police were yesterday working to identify the dead man, who had been seen by other residents earlier in the night.

The body of the deceased man is removed from the Harrington Park home. Picture: Monique Harmer
The body of the deceased man is removed from the Harrington Park home. Picture: Monique Harmer

"The man has a ginger-like moustache and beard, he was wearing a blue sleeveless top and grey Nike training shorts. He also had two distinct tattoos, one on the left upper inside of his arm, but that tattoo was not in English," Insp Woolbank said. A tattoo on his chest began with the words "True to ourself".

Neighbour Domenic Lombardo said he saw a man run through a neighbouring building site around the time of the home invasion and he was "breathing heavy and mumbling to himself''.

 

Police believe other people had interactions with the deceased about 3am in the same area but were not certain he had tried to break into other homes.

A second crime scene was set up nearby, where police believe he had been earlier.

Neighbour Domenic Lombardo. Picture: Monique Harmer
Neighbour Domenic Lombardo. Picture: Monique Harmer

 

Bare footprints at the spot neighbour Domenic Lombardo saw a man sprinting. Picture: Monique Harmer
Bare footprints at the spot neighbour Domenic Lombardo saw a man sprinting. Picture: Monique Harmer


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