Desperate hunt for man accused of assaulting his pregnant partner and a 10-month-old child – before kidnapping toddler and threatening ‘to do it harm’
- Man accused of assaulting pregnant partner and a baby before fleeing scene
- Sparked high-speed police chase after he took off in a Toyota Yaris in Mentone
- Fled with the child and said he ‘would harm the baby and himself,’ police said
- Police pursued vehicle along Monash Freeway and lost sight of it at about 1pm
Police pursued the vehicle along the Monash Freeway (stock pictured) and lost sight of it shortly after 1pm
A major manhunt is underway after a man allegedly assaulted his pregnant partner and a 10-month-old baby before kidnapping the child and threatening to do it harm.
A high-speed police chase was sparked when the man took off in an aqua-green Toyota Yaris in Mentone, Melbourne’s south-east, on Tuesday afternoon.
Police pursued the vehicle along the Monash Freeway and lost sight of it shortly after 1pm.
‘It is believed a man has assaulted his pregnant partner and a 10 month old child,’ Victoria Police said in a statement.
‘The man has left the scene… stating he is going to harm the baby and himself.’
Witnesses said several police cars were chasing the vehicle along the Monash Freeway.
‘It looked like they’re chasing a car because there’s a little car zigzagging in and out of traffic,’ one told 3AW Radio.
Anyone who sights the vehicle, with WJQ334 registration plates, is urged not to approach it and to contact 000.
More to come.
The man took off in an aqua-green Toyota Yaris in Mentone, Melbourne’s south-east, on Tuesday afternoon, sparking a high-speed police chase (stock)