Nelson man fights off home intruder
December 22, 2017
A Nelson man who woke up to find an intruder in his house wrestled with the man who was threatening to stab him.
"I'm very grateful my partner and the kids weren't there and they never had to see anything," said the resident, who declined to be named. "I'm a big boy; I can handle myself but ... the kids."
The resident said he was woken about 2.30am on Tuesday to a noise in his home at the Wood. He got up to investigate and saw a glow like torchlight coming from his spare room. The resident went in to find a man in the room.
"I told him to get the f... out of my house."
The pair started to exchange blows, the resident said.
"He said: 'I'll stab you, I'll stab you."
The resident said he saw no knife at the time and the fight continued.
During the tussle, the man fell back and smashed his arm through a window.
Cut and bleeding, the man continued to fight, the resident said.
"I said: 'We can keep doing this or you can get out of my house'."
The man chose the latter option and left via the front door "squirting blood down the hallway", the resident said.
Police were called and arrived quickly, blocking off the area. A dog unit followed a trail.
The resident said police officers went back into the spare room with him and together and they found a knife that the resident believed belonged to the man.
"They were exceptionally good," the resident said of police officers involved.
The resident said he believed the man had also been in two of three vehicles on his property but he did not think anything had been taken from the vehicles or the house.
"It was brazen," the resident said of the incident. "He had to know someone was in there."
About 1½ hours after police were called, the resident was told a man had been arrested.
The resident said he understood the alleged offender had been granted bail.
"I'm frustrated with this," the resident said. "At the end of the day, these guys shouldn't be at large. He had a knife in my house. I should be able to sleep in my own bed without harm."
Senior Sergeant Lyn Fleming confirmed a 19-year-old man had been arrested and charged with aggravated burglary.
She said he had been remanded on bail to an address outside of the Nelson area, and would be back in court in late January.
Police also confirmed the man arrested was treated for cuts at Nelson Hospital.