UPDATE: Forensic police have examined the home at the centre of yesterday’s brazen break and enter and overnight assault in Junee, near Wagga Wagga, in rural New South Wales.
A young woman was shoved to the ground by an intruder she caught snooping through the backyard of her Hammond Street home just before 10pm.
The young woman suffered a suspected broken wrist during the frightening ordeal, and has today been referred to the Wagga Rural Referral Hospital for further x-rays.
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The terrifying encounter came just hours after the woman returned home to find her house had been ransacked and her savings stolen.
Police are investigating whether the two incidents are linked.
The news has sent shock waves through the small, tight-knit community, which is home to no more than 5,000 residents.
Forensics arrived in the farming town this afternoon to dust the home for fingerprints.
EARLIER: A young woman has suffered a broken wrist after allegedly being assaulted by a male intruder during a terrifying encounter at her home near Wagga Wagga, in the NSW Riverina region overnight.
The woman allegedly caught the man snooping through the backyard of her Hammond Street home in the small town of Junee, about 40km north of Wagga, just before 10pm on Thursday.
Described only as being tall and wearing a black hoodie, the man allegedly violently shoved the woman to the ground in the driveway before fleeing through the front yard.
He was last seen running through Rotary Park, bordered by Hammond, Percy and Beach Streets.
The terrified young woman, who lives in the Hammond Street rental property with her sister, was comforted by family and friends until police arrived.
She was eventually taken to hospital and treated for a broken wrist.
It comes after the sister’s returned home earlier on Thursday afternoon to find their house trashed and their savings stolen.
It’s alleged that an intruder or intruders forced their way into the house through a back window sometime between 12pm and 3pm and ransacked the property before stealing an amount of cash.
The two sisters have both been left traumatised over the frightening back-to-back ordeals.
It remains unclear whether the two incidents are related.
Police have increased their patrols of the area and have asked residents to remain vigilant, lock their doors and windows, and to ensure their vehicles are secure and free of any valuables.
It’s believed a team of forensic officers will arrive in Junee to examine the home today (Friday).
Anyone that may have any information, or may have seen any suspicious activity in the area around the time of either incident, is urged to contact Junee Police 6924 1144 on or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.