A WOMAN has been terrorised by an intruder who burst into her home and grabbed her by the head in a brazen daylight attack in far north Queensland.
The frightening scenes unfolded in a house on McCormack Street in Cairns on Saturday morning.
Police say the woman was sitting in the lounge room when, around 9.40am, a male described as being Aboriginal and aged in his mid-teens or early 20s burst through the front door.
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The intruder rushed at the woman and violently manhandled her as he tried to cover her mouth but police say the woman screamed and fought back, causing her attacker to flee.
Police say the woman was extremely distressed by the terrifying ordeal and sustained a minor wound to her mouth.
No property was stolen from the residence.
The male is described by police as being Aboriginal and aged in his mid-teens or early 20s with a skinny build.
He was wearing a dark cap at the time and was last seen running along McCormack Street, away from the house.
Anyone who may have seen the male in the area, or has any information which can assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward.
You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.