The man, who is alleged to have murdered four people in Miguge Village in Kisumu County, was arrested on Monday evening as he waited to board a bus to North Eastern Kenya.
Police say he was arrested after he placed a call to Kisumu politician Walter Anditi.
Anditi who contested the county representative position for Kobura ward, informed police who tracked the phone signal to Mombasa.
“He called me asking for money telling me that he was in Garissa and wanted Sh1,000 to travel from Garissa to his home. He indicated that he had Sh750 and wanted additional money for sufficient bus fare,” explained Anditi.
After the arrest, the suspect pleaded innocence, saying he only escaped from Kisumu to avoid the wrath of angry neighbours.
“I am aware of the reports in the media. However, I am not involved and I am ready to defend myself in the court of law,” the suspect told police.
Last week, police retrieved three badly composed bodies of women from shallow graves in his compound and another body of a man stashed in a sack by a river bank near his homestead.
Mombasa Police Chief Edward Mbugua said that reports from Kisumu police indicated that the three women appeared to have been sexually abused before they were killed.
Of the four bodies discovered, only one was positively identified as Shem Onyango, a boda boda operator.
Onyango’s body was found with his hands and legs tied with a rope.
Mbugua further explained that adequate measures had been taken to oversee the transfer of the suspect to Kisumu to face charges.
“We have moved to court to seek legal consent to detain him as we wait for authority from Kisumu whether to proceed with the case,” said Mbugua.
He commended members of the public for working with the police to fight crime by reporting culprits.