Mother and baby held hostage at knifepoint by robber demanding she buy him Apple MacBooks

Matt Shrivell
The Nightly
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Victoria Police release footage of man who abducted mum and baby at knifepoint.

A mother and her child have been held hostage and terrorised at knifepoint in their car by a man demanding the purchase of Apple MacBooks.

Victoria police have released details of a terrifying incident that occurred in the Melbourne suburb of Rowville after a man forced his way into a car driven by a woman with her infant child in the back seat.

Knox Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating the incident after the mother and child were abducted from a shopping centre last week.

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Investigators have established the woman was leaving the Stud Park shopping centre supermarket carpark in her silver Suzuki S Cross around 6pm on Friday, May 10.

Police contend she was approached by a male who threatened her with a knife and then forced her back into the driver’s seat of her vehicle.

The man then got into the back seat with her child before forcing her to drive to electrical stores in Cranbourne, Frankston and Dandenong, where he demanded she purchase Apple MacBooks at several stores while he waited with the child in the car.

The offender then drove from the Dandenong store, while the victim was forced to remain in the back seat with her child, to Robert Booth Reserve, Dandenong where he exited the car just after 8pm and fled north along the Dandenong Creek path carrying four MacBooks.

Victoria Police have released images of the alleged knife-wielding MacBook robber. Picture: 7 News
Victoria Police have released images of the alleged knife-wielding MacBook robber. 7 News Credit: 7 News

The woman and her child were not physically injured during the incident.

The man is perceived to be Asian in appearance and aged between 20 and 35 years of age.

He was wearing a grey hoodie, with the hood over his head, a green fluro vest over the top of the hoodie and black/grey pants with black running shoes.

He was last seen carrying a shopping bag containing two Apple MacBook Pro computers in their boxes and two further boxed Apple MacBook computers under his left arm.

Detectives have released the images and CCTV of the man they believe can assist with their enquiries and urge anyone who witnessed the incident, or with any other information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at


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