Teen traumatised by masked men in violent home invasion

A TEENAGER was involved in a frightening case of mistaken identity when four masked men brandishing a pitchfork burst into his home.

The invaders forced their way into the 19-year-old man's Landsborough home about 11pm on Thursday, making threats and demands.

Caloundra Criminal Investigation Branch officers are treating the home invasion as major and violent after the offenders turned on the innocent man.

Detective Sergeant Dave Harbison said the man had been alerted by the noise and was soon confronted by one of the offenders.

The situation then turned physical and a fight broke out before the group fled the scene.

"The victim is not known to the offenders," Det Sgt Harbison said.

"We believe this was a targeted attack on the person that used to reside at the house.

"This was a case of mistaken identity," Det Sgt Harbison said.

The four men, believed to be aged 16 to 20, were wearing disguises.

"An altercation occurred inside the home where the victim got involved in the struggle with one of the male offenders when the group confronted the man in a room," Det Sgt Harbison said.

"The men left empty-handed."

A white vehicle was seen leaving the vicinity of the Gympie St South address, he said.

Police said a 52-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman were also at home at the time of the attack.

"This is a major incident and will be investigated accordingly," Det Sgt Harbison said.

"Police are conducting inquiries and we hope for a quick result."

Anyone with information about the matter should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au.


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