North Perth: 70-year-old woman harrasses intruder armed with axe until he leaves her house

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POLICE have described how a 70-year-old woman repeatedly pushed and hit an intruder armed with an axe until the man left her and her 78-year-old husband’s North Perth home.

“She deserves recognition, maybe a medal,” Sergeant Ian Anderson told the Guardian Express this morning.

About 6am on Saturday, the elderly couple heard noises and found the man in their kitchen after a flyscreen door had been forced open at their Loftus Street home.

“He demanded keys to their car but the woman refused and tried to push him out of the house,” Sgt Anderson said.

The man continued to walk through the house holding the axe but the woman followed the intruder, slapping at him and demanding he leave.

Eventually the man found car keys and went to the garage and the woman followed behind still demanding he leave.

“At this point he assaulted her with a hit to her head causing her to fall to the ground but she’s picked herself up and followed him in to the car,” Sgt Anderson said.

The woman jumped in to the back seat, slapping the man as he tried to find the vehicle’s ignition.

“He gave up, handed the keys to the old lady and got out, leaving the axe on the passenger seat,” Sgt Anderson said.

A description of the man is being sought and police warned other residents not to approach intruders and instead call the police.

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