Ever open the garage, start the car, step into the house briefly and return...to find yourself threatened by a total stranger waving a kitchen knife? It happened in Manchester Friday morning. The intended victim was unhurt, but police are on the hunt for the suspect.

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Officers, told of an attempted armed robbery, arrived at the Arcadia Drive home in the township's Renaissance section at about 9:15 AM.

The victim related the incident, and added that the suspect ran off after a brief confrontation.

The suspect is described as a white male, thinly-built, late 20s to mid-30s, between 5'10": and 6 feet in height.

Police said he was unshaven, wearing a dark-colored, hooded sweatshirt that also covered part of the top of his face, along with a turtleneck pulled up to cover the lower part of his face.

Investigators canvassed the neighborhood with the K-9 team of handler Steve Sendruff and his partner Lynk. Detective Craig Beaulieu is now handling the case.

Manchester police warn against leaving vehicles running and unattended, and recommend keeping homes and cars secure and staying aware of surroundings.

Suspicious activity in Manchester can be called to 911 or to police headquarters, 732-657-6111.

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