Woman stabbed in Dunedin home invasion
A Dunedin woman was punched and stabbed in the neck this morning before she and her daughter managed to escape after an intruder broke into their home.
Police say a man, who was unknown to the woman, broke into her Duncan St home about 9am and punched her and stabbed her in the neck.
The woman suffered serious facial injuries in the attack and was now being cared for in Dunedin Hospital, Senior Sergeant Kelvin Lloyd said.
The attacker has not been found.
The woman's 3-year-old daughter was in the house at the time but was unharmed, Lloyd said.
The mother and daughter managed to leave the address and a person driving by picked them up and took them to Dunedin Hospital, Lloyd said.
The woman was being treated at hospital while Dunedin CIB conducted a scene examination at her home.
Police have not yet been able to speak to the woman in detail but hope to do so later today.
Lloyd said people living in the Duncan St area should take the usual precautions and be mindful of their safety.
The attacker was described as European, around 6-feet tall with short hair and facial stubble. He was wearing jeans and a black hoodie.
Police were keen to speak to anyone who might have seen anyone in the locality who fits the man's description.
Anyone with information could contact Dunedin Police on 471 4800 or provide information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.