A 41-year-old man is being hailed as a hero after they saved their neighbor from an axe attack, which left them with horrifying skull injuries.
Russell Irwin, who is from Melbourne, Australia, was roasting some marshmallows with his family when he heard terrifying screams from the house of his neighbor.
The incident happened on the morning of February 1, 2021.
The 41-year-old man rushed over to see what was going on and found out that 3 men had carried out a raid at her property.
They were all carrying an axe, a machete, and a gun.
After seeing Russell rushing to the property, the intruders turned on him.
One person ended up striking him on the head, which resulted in a fractured skull.
According to witnesses, the 3 men were demanding money, however after the man came, they rushed out of the scene.
During an interview with 9News, a relative of Russell said:
It could’ve killed him… left three kids without a dad… us without an uncle. It’s disgusting. I honestly think if it wasn’t for him she probably wouldn’t be around.
Alex Fiore, a Detective Senior Constable, praised the amazing acts of Russell.
They praised him for his fast thinking and bravery, which saved the life of the neighbor.
Detective Alex added:
An innocent man was just in the backyard with his family and has come to the aid of a neighbour, and unfortunately been attacked himself. The victim is extremely brave. I know the occupants of this address are very grateful for his involvement. Police are investigating whether the home invasion was targeted or an isolated incident. We think there may be a relationship but we’re not sure.
The police said that the people that carried out the attack are still at large.
The authorities have launched an investigation for the case.
Thanks to the amazing act of Russell, the woman is safe and alive.