Man slashed with knife during home invasion

A father has been slashed across the face with a knife during a violent home invasion in Melbourne's northwest.

The victim, in his fifties, was attacked after he and his son chased the two would-be burglars from his Essendon home.

Police said the bandits dropped a set of car keys and found themselves cornered as they tried to escape in a stolen car.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mick Prowse said: "The man then got out of the car and started swinging wildly.

"He produced a yellow stanley knife and this caught the father of the household, caught him across the forehead."

Paramedics treated the man, in his fifties, for a minor facial injury before taking him to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Police said the victim's wife was confronted by the intruders, a man and a woman, in the kitchen of their Woolley Street home, shortly after 7am this morning.

A father has been treated for minor head injuries after he confronted two burglars in his Essendon home. Photo: 7News

Neighbours reported hearing yelling and screaming.

One resident told 7News: "It was all very blurry if you can imagine. We were at the back of the house and I heard yelling and screaming.

"That's the only reason I went outside. I went to the window first to have a look and saw a person running off. That was really about it."

Paramedics treat victim for facial injuries after violent home invasion. Photo: 7News

Dozens of police, including the doq squad, swarmed the area.

The suspects were soon spotted at a convenience store in Ascot Vale.

An 18-year-old woman from Maidstone and a 26-year-old man from Footscray were found with allegedly stolen credit cards, jewellery and electronic equipment.

A search of the stolen Falcon revealed some high caliber bullets.

An off-duty policeman spotted the car being driven erratically about 15 minutes before the break-in.

The victim suffered considerable blood loss, but avoided serious injury.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.