, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 15 – A man described by police as a wanted gangster was arrested in Nairobi on Wednesday as he sped off after knocking down a primary school pupil in Kamiti area, in the outskirts of the city.
The gunman armed with a pistol loaded with three rounds of ammunition hit and seriously wounded the pupil of Kamiti Primary School prompting residents to pursue him.
“Brave members of the public pursued him and were able to arrest him, and they handed him over to us. He is now in custody,” Nairobi PPO Anthony Kibuchi said.
“When they caught up with him, they were able to disarm him and snatched a pistol from him which has been handed over to us,” he added and revealed “we have been looking for him because he is wanted for a series of violent crimes in the area.”
The incident occurred at a congested pathway in Kiamumbi, less than a kilometre from the tightly guarded Kamiti Maximum Prison.
“He was driving a saloon car which we also suspect was stolen and he is undergoing intensive interrogation,” Mr Kibuchi said.
There were no immediate reports on the condition of the primary school pupil who was hit while crossing the road.
The suspect was being held at the Kasarani police station.
A CID officer at the station later told Capital News they were likely to press “at least four robbery with violence charges.”
“Those are the ones he was wanted for, but there are several other robberies and carjacking we are trying to see if he may have participated in,” said the officer who cannot be named because he is not authorised to discuss ongoing investigations with the media.
He said the pistol recovered from the suspect had already been submitted to the ballistic experts at the CID headquarters where it will be analysed as detectives seek to establish if it had been used in some of the reported violent cases within Kasarani area.
Kamiti and its environs have been identified as one of the crime-prone spots in Nairobi, with at least five carjacking reported every week.
In some cases, motorists have been killed or injured during robberies while others have been abducted and held hostage for weeks as gunmen demanded ransom from relatives.