An investigation is underway after a woman aged in her 70s was assaulted during a home invasion in the Illawarra earlier today.
About 7am (Tuesday 23 February 2021), police were called to a home on Fitzwilliam Street, Port Kembla, following reports of a home invasion.
Police have been told an unknown man forced entry to the home and assaulted the occupant, a 73-year-old woman. A male neighbour, aged in his 40s, came to assist and was also assaulted.
The man fled on foot empty-handed. Both residents have been taken to hospital with minor injuries.
A crime scene was established and detectives from Lake Illawarra Police District have commenced inquiries.
As investigations continue, detectives are appealing for anyone who may have seen a man in the area around the time of the incident.
He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in his 30s and wearing dark clothing and a dark face mask.
Anyone with information is urged to come forward.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.