Police are hunting for two men after an armed home invasion in Levin left a family traumatised.
About 6.45am two balaclava wearing men, one carrying a firearm, forced their way into a Chinese family's Tainui Street house and confronted the three occupants, acting senior sergeant Sarn Paroli of Levin police said.
There was a violent struggle inside the house between the one of the intruders and the father and son, which resulted in one of the male victims being taken to Palmerston North Hospital with an arm injury. A younger man at the house was bruised and all three victims were shaken up by their ordeal.
No shots were fired, and the two men fled through a vacant piece of land at the back of the house and onto SH57.
The victims ran and alerted a neighbour, who called police.
Mr Paroli said the victims were 'severly traumatised'.
A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said the incident was very scary and they could not remember anything like it happening in the area.
Mr Paroli said it was thought that the offenders were looking for money. The two men, who were wearing gloves as well as balaclavas, were not believed to be known to the victims.
"Descriptions of the offenders are being worked through with the victims, but they are naturally distressed and it will take a little bit of time to get some more details.
"It's possible that the offenders left in a vehicle. We're appealing for anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious around the property or in the general area including SH57 this morning to let police know."
If people have information please call Levin Police on 06 366 0500.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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