A tattooed man who broke into a Wangaratta house, waited for the occupant to return, then held him captive, is still on the run from police.
The victim returned to his Rowan Street home at about 2.45pm on Monday afternoon, after doing some shopping in the central business district, to find the stranger inside.
Leading Senior Constable Guy Mitchell said the man, who is believed to be from Britain, confronted the victim.
"The offender was also wet due to rain and was said to be behaving irrationally," he said.
When the victim offered to call police to help, the man punched him in the face, causing an injury.
"The offender kept the victim in the house for about an hour and the victim gave the offender a change of clothing, trying to empathise," Leading Senior Constable Mitchell said.
"The offender has then demanded the car keys and asked the victim to show him how to start it, then told the victim to hold off calling police.
"He fled in the victim's car and remains outstanding at this stage."
The victim was then free to call police.
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Police have described the wanted man as about five feet and nine inches tall, with a thin build, tattooed all over and with a rat tail haircut.
The man was also wearing a dirty, dark-coloured lumber jacket, dirty white-coloured T-shirt, black tracksuit bottoms and odd socks.
He and the house occupant did not know each other.
Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen this person in the Wangaratta area.
Anyone with information has been asked to contact the Wangaratta criminal investigation unit on (03) 5723 0813.
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