A woman has been hospitalised after a man broke into her house and stabbed her five times at Cardiff in the Lake Macquarie Police District.
About 4.25am (Wednesday 25 December 2019), a 23-year-old woman woke up to get a glass of water at her Cypress Street home when she was grabbed from behind.
The woman struggled with the man and he produced a knife, stabbing her in the back five times.
The man fled the house along Cypress Street and emergency services were notified.
Officers from Lake Macquarie Police District attended, along with NSW Ambulance paramedics.
The injured woman was taken to John Hunter Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
A crime scene was established, and it appears the man entered the house through a rear window.
The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance with a slim build and closely shaved dark hair. He was wearing a hooded jumper and possibly gloves.
Investigations are continuing, and police are appealing for anyone who noticed anything suspicious in or near Cardiff Street about 4.25am this morning (Wednesday 25 December 2019), to contact Belmont Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 188 333 000.
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.