A man in his 80s has been stabbed in the face during a violent home invasion in Melbourne's east.
The man was alone in his Malvern house on Wednesday when someone broke in about 6am and left the man with severe injuries that required surgery - after he tried unsuccessfully to stem the blood flow himself.
The man heard the burglar ransack the house and confronted him.
During an ensuing confrontation, the elderly man had a bag tied over his head and the burglar punched him several times in the face. He then stabbed the man in the face with a screwdriver.
Detective Senior Constable Justin Stefanec said the 82-year-old victim was forced to follow the burglar through the house with the bag, a backpack, on his head while the robber searched for cash.
The thief, described as white and about 177 centimetres tall, stole a small amount of cash and a mobile phone from the Burke Road house, and left.
The victim remains in hospital.
Detective Senior Constable Stefanec said the victim was going to put an adhesive plaster on his face and stay home, but went to hospital after realising the severity of his injuries.
The victim’s wife, who wanted to be identified only as Maria, said the house was full of blood when she returned.
‘‘I couldn’t see where the blood had come from,’’ she said. ‘‘He had blood everywhere ... it came from the neck and the face - and of course, he was shaking.
‘‘I was concerned about him. I rang the police and I rang the ambulance.
‘‘It’s a bit of a cheap thing to do. He [the burglar] kept saying ... ‘I don’t want to hurt you’, but why did you hurt him?’’
Maria said her husband was shaken after surgery and she was unsure when he would return home.
‘‘I’m glad that I can have him back. It could be worse.’’
Detectives from the Stonnington Crime Investigation Unit have this morning set up an information caravan at the intersection of Burke Road and Davies Street.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area near the time of the incident is asked to speak with detectives.
Anyone with information is asked to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.