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Family Held Hostage By Armed Intruder In Their Own Home

A young family has been left traumatised after a man allegedly broke into their home and threatened them with knives. 

Police were called to Llewellyn Street in Balmain in Sydney's inner west at about 3.45am on Monday following reports of an aggravated break and enter.

Resident Edward Madden confronted the intruder after hearing noises downstairs.

He said he heard bashing on the door. He saw the door's glass break and an arm reach in from the outside to open the door.

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Edward Madden. Photo: 10 News First

"I was upstairs asleep with my wife and my baby daughter and obviously I ran downstairs to see what was going on," Madden said.

"And there's this guy running up the stairs, blood all over his hands. A big guy, probably six foot."

Madden said he urged the man to leave his home. His elderly parents were asleep on the second landing and his wife and child in the main bedroom. The man was "talking a lot of jibberish" and disappeared down the stairs.

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Police were called to Llewellyn Street in Balmain. Photo: 10 News First

Madden's wife then called the police, but the intruder returned, this time allegedly armed with two large kitchen knives.

By this stage, Madden's parents, wife and baby had escaped to the safety of the attic and Madden himself managed to corner the man in the second-landing bedroom. It was at this point in the ordeal that police arrived.

The family managed to flee the home, and police were left to negotiate with the man who had barricaded himself inside the parent's bedroom.

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Police had to negotiate to get the man from the home. Photo: 10 News First

"You feel violated. It's horrible. Clearly, when there is an enraged man in your house you feel nervous ... but when he comes up with a knife, you are absolutely defenceless," Madden said.

The alleged intruder was arrested at the scene and treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital.

The intruder is not known to the family.

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au