GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WFRV) - Grand Chute Police are investigating a home invasion robbery from early Thursday morning in the 4700 block of Periwinkle court.
Last night around 10:30pm, a homeowner faced a possible deadly situation that left him battered, but alive.
"Never had anything like this before," said Mark Rector, who lived in his quiet Grand Chute neighborhood for 34 years.
Thursday, he woke up and talked to his neighbors about what had happened at his house the night before.
Rector said, "They say it's a good thing you're still alive."
A man wearing dark colored clothes, armed with a gun, entered his back yard.
"I remembered this morning hearing the patio door sliding open, then I didn't hear the door shut," he said. "Then when I turned around I had a black guy standing there with an automatic weapon pointed at my head."
That's when Rector acted out of instinct, long before the intruder was able to steal anything from the home.
"I grabbed at his gun and I jumped at him, and then I grabbed him around the neck and pushed him out of the house," he recalled.
Before the patio door was shut, the man hit him in the forehead, but he did not sustain major injuries.
Police were called a while later. By the time they arrived, the suspect had gotten away.
Officers are looking for a suspect described as a man in his early-to-mid 30s wearing a dark hoodie.
This is kind of a rare incident for Grand Chute," said Travis Waas of the Grand Chute Police Department. "We typically don't have any types of calls like this, especially in that area."
Investigators don't believe the person was from this area, nor do they think another home invasion will happen here again soon.
According to Waas, "They just happened to select this house at random, we believe it to be an isolated incident really."
Police caution residents nearby to be on the lookout and to remember to always lock doors and windows, especially at night.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Grand Chute Police Department at (920) 832-1575 or text "GCPD" and your tip to 847411 to remain anonymous.
You can also contact them via their Facebook page.
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