Lying on the ground with a knife held centimetres from his chest, 60-year-old Chris Baxendale tried to reason with a masked intruder during a violent home invasion.
"I said, ‘Come on, son, you don't want to do this, you'll get in the shit'," Baxendale said yesterday from his home in Levin.
He and wife Pat, 70, were at home on Wednesday night when there was a knock on the front door. Chris opened a ranchslider, saw nothing and went back inside. Then the man "exploded" through the ranchslider, and knocked him over.
His wife watched in horror as the intruder held a boning knife to her husband's chest and neck and demanded the keys to their 1996 BMW.
"I saw the guy with a balaclava and Chris on the floor and I thought, is this real?"
At first the couple refused to hand over the keys, but the man became increasingly agitated. "I said, ‘give him the bloody car keys'," Pat said.
With that, the intruder grabbed the keys, Chris's wallet and mobile phone, and was gone.
The couple were still recovering yesterday from their ordeal.
"The main thing is I'm still breathing," Pat said. "At 70 years of age, you've had the minimum all your life, and some bastard thinks he has the right to invade your home."
Police had told the couple the home invasion was unusual. "This sort of thing was usually drugs or money, not just a couple of ordinary oldies minding their own business."
They moved to Levin from Upper Hutt in March. "It's a nice place, very caring people," Chris said.
After fleeing in the Baxendales' car, the man tried to rob a nearby dairy, before leading police on a 160kmh chase, crashing through a fence and fleeing through farmland. Police were still searching yesterday.
The attempted robbery of the dairy was the third such attack in Levin in the past six weeks.
- The Dominion Post