HOME INVASION: A woman and man were woken by a balaclava-clad intruder in this William St unit complex early Sunday.
HOME INVASION: A woman and man were woken by a balaclava-clad intruder in this William St unit complex early Sunday. Campbell Gellie

Teen sprays intruder in the face to end attack

A GLADSTONE detective has praised the smart thinking of a woman for spraying an intruder in the face with air freshener, the day before her 18th birthday.

The man, believed to be in his 40s, broke into her William St unit about 3am Sunday, wearing a balaclava and wielding a crowbar.

Asleep at the time was the then, 17-year-old girl and a 23-year-old man.

They were woken by the intruder breaking through the front door and they both got up and confronted him.

A struggle broke out between the men, until the resident fell to the ground.

This was when the offender, still wearing a balaclava and beanie struck the man in the leg with the crowbar.

"Fortunately the female had the sense and grabbed an air freshener and sprayed the offender in the eyes,” Gladstone Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said.

This is when the offender lost his balaclava and beanie.

The man who had just been hit in the leg then jumped on the back of the intruder.

He was shrugged off, which gave the intruder time to run away.

The woman was not hurt but Det Snr Sgt Peachey said she was shaken up and was young, only turning 18 yesterday.

Queensland Ambulance Service was called and the 23-year-old man was taken to Gladstone Hospital and was treated for a broken leg.

Police didn't know if the offender was carrying the crowbar to break into the house or to use as a weapon.

"The fact he has used that and struck that person with that with some force to break the leg is concerning,” he said.

The police will comb the balaclava, beanie and crowbar for DNA. They are also asking for public assistance to find the intruder believed to be in his 40s, 170cm tall and with sandy coloured hair.

Anyone with any information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.



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