Police are searching for a man who assaulted a 69-year-old Tweed Heads woman at her home early yesterday.
The woman was woken by a loud noise from the lounge room about 5.15am at her Adelaide Street home unit.
A man entered her bedroom and demanded that she get out of bed, then pulled her out and hit her in the face.
The woman gave the man a small amount of cash from her handbag but said she had no more.
The man ran through the front door with the woman following him to the garbage bin area.
He then ran away from the scene.
Tweed/Byron local area command police patrolled the area but were unable to locate the man.
Forensic police also examined the area.
Police described the man as Caucasian, young with a slim build and average height. He was wearing a dark chequered hoodie which covered his head and face.
Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.