A mother remembers the terrifying moment she was confronted by intruders wielding an ax and knife in her home.
Kristy Collins was at home in Townsville, Queensland, with her 18-month-old child on Sunday when she noticed a black T-shirt out of the corner of her eye.
Ms Collins said the sight shocked her as she thought she was home alone with her baby while her husband was away.
She said she started screaming when she saw the man whose face was covered.
Townsville mother Kristy Collins (pictured) was confronted by intruders armed with an ax and knife on Sunday.
“I started shouting, ‘Who are you?’ Get out!” the 38-year-old told Channel 7’s Sunrise on Monday.
“I started chasing him through the inside garage door… as I chased him to the back of the car, he then turned around and raised an axe.
“As I was chasing him in the back of my car, there was a girl in a getaway car and she (came out and) threw what I think was a knife and hit me in the leg.”
Despite her injury, Ms Collins said she continued to chase the intruder into the garage.
She said the man had a set of her keys in his hand and she believed he thought they were her car keys.
However, it was not the correct set of keys for the vehicle.
Ms Collins was injured when one of the intruders threw a knife at her.
“At that point, I was screaming murder at the top of my lungs, as loud as I could, because my daughter was inside,” she said.
“I just wanted him to leave.
“It took him a while to realize he wasn’t getting in my car… but he kept trying to get in the car.”
A motorist passing the house saw the ordeal and honked his horn, after which the two intruders jumped into the getaway car and sped off.
Ms Collins was taken to Townsville University Hospital for treatment of her leg injury.
She had lived at the Kahana Avenue home for only two weeks.
Ms Collins said leaving the garage door open might be alluring to intruders, but people should be able to feel safe in their homes on a Sunday morning “in broad daylight”.
Ms Collins said people should be able to feel safe in their homes on a Sunday morning “in broad daylight”.
Queensland Police said in a statement they were appealing for help from the public “following a break and enter incident at Burdell in Townsville” on Sunday.
“At approximately 10 a.m., a male offender, apparently armed with a weapon, gained access to the property on Kahana Avenue before being confronted by a female resident,” the release states.
“The offender then attempted to flee the residence while being followed by the resident, before a second offender waiting outside the property threw an object at the resident.”
Detectives are urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have relevant dashcam/CCTV vision to come forward.
Investigations are ongoing.