Troy Emmerson and his employers were attacked by the duo in north Melbourne

A Melbourne tradesman has been called a hero after confronting a pair of machete wielding thieves with a Stanley knife.

Troy Emmerson had been hired to perform work in a home in north Melbourne, and was busy laying carpeting when two men broke in and confronted him with machetes. He claims they were “desperately” looking for valuables.

“They've seen a garage door open and come in with a big knife, waving it in my face,” he told the Herald Sun.

“The kid had no fear, he didn't care.”

After demanding car keys from the homeowner, the thieves eventually fled with several laptops. Rather than waiting for the police, Mr Emmerson decided to chase and confront them.

“I chased [the burglar] down the street and he pulled the knife out and came at me,” Mr Emmerson said.

“I pulled out my little Stanley blade and said 'drop the laptops'.”

Police arrived at the house at 12:30 pm to search for evidence.

The two men were able to escape and are currently at large. However, around 12pm another incident occurred just 15 minutes north of the house. A man described as being African in appearance fired a number of shots outside a housing commission on the corner of Wolseley Pde and Derby St.

Police have not revealed whether they are treating the crimes as connected, and the shooter is also currently on the run. Thankfully, nobody was hurt in either incident.

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