December 23, 2023

‘Don’t do it again bro’: Teenager wrestles masked intruder out of mum’s bedroom

By Michael Fowler
December 23, 2023 — 7.27pm
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A 19-year-old apprentice carpenter says he didn’t hesitate to jump out of bed and wrestle a masked intruder who’d broken into the apartment he shares with his mother in Melbourne’s north in the early hours of Saturday.

Hearing screaming from his mother’s bedroom just after 4.30am, Julian said he emerged to see a man dressed in black and wearing a balaclava running out of the Preston apartment.

Julian, 19, managed to detain the masked intruder until police arrived to arrest him.Credit: Nine News

The teenager, who asked for his surname not to be shared, said he initially thought his mother’s screaming was prompted by her discovering a rat.

Quickly realising that was not the case, Julian scuffled with the alleged thief, dragging him into the building’s lobby while his mother called police.

“I was just grabbing him by the shirt, pushing him around a bit,” Julian told Nine News.

“I didn’t want to hit him. He wasn’t being aggressive.”

Police arrived at the High Street address minutes later. They arrested a 31-year-old who faced court in Melbourne on Sunday charged with aggravated burglary and theft, including from a motor vehicle.

Julian’s mother told Nine News that after initially thinking her cat was pushing against her on her bed, she screamed upon realising it was in fact an unidentified man wearing gloves and a black balaclava.


He allegedly stole her phone and wallet before trying to escape.

Julian, who sent a social media video to friends of some light wounds on his left hand, said his mother was in shock following the incident.

“She was on the phone shaking but, nah, she’s good now,” he said.

“[I feel] blessed he didn’t have a knife, blessed he didn’t hurt my mum. But it wasn’t a fun feeling.”

The accused man’s lawyer, Catherine Azzopardi, told Melbourne Magistrates’ Court that his explanation for the alleged robbery was “that he was hungry and he was homeless and was struggling financially to find any food”. He was denied bail.

Asked if he had a message for the man, Julian appeared calm.

“Just don’t do it again bro. That’s it.”

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Michael Fowler is a reporter with The Age.Connect via email.


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